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AMD Launching Radeon HD 7990 at 22nd April | NVIDIA to Bundle Metro: Last Light| AMD - FX at 5GHz

after long time, i post again some rumors . please don't spank me, for the long time without my blog   AMD Reportedly Launching Radeon HD 7990 “Malta” Dual-Chip GPU on 22nd April         It has been reported by PHK over at Expreview forums that AMD would be launching their upcoming Radeon HD 7990 “Malta” GPU on 22nd April 2013. AMD has been preparing their reference Radeon HD 7990 card since a while and was only showcased recently at GDC 2013 (Games Developer Conference). AMD Possibly Launching Radeon HD 7990 Malta on 22nd April   The AMD Radeon HD 7990 reference dual-chip beast, previously known as New Zealand is codenamed Malta. It was showcased at GDC 2013 which revealed that it still carried the triple fan cooling solution shown over a year ago. It was also mentioned that the Radeon HD 7990 powered the 17 minute gameplay trailer of Battlefield 4 which is being developed by DICE. A few days ago, a reddit user who was later revealed to be a developer on the Frostbite 3 engine posted a picture of his test setup that was running the Radeon HD 7990 in CrossFireX mode.   source       NVIDIA to Bundle Metro: Last Light with GeForce GTX 660 and Above   Game bundle wars between NVIDIA and AMD have been a one-sided contest in favor of the latter, with AMD bundling the hottest AAA titles with its Radeon hardware, compared to NVIDIA offering in-game currency on popular free-to-play games. Following news of AMD stepping up its "Never Settle Reloaded" with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on all GPUs upwards of Radeon HD 7750, we've learned that NVIDIA is frantically responding by preparing to give away Metro: Last Light with all GeForce GPUs upwards of the $200 GTX 660. The bundle will go live from April 16th.   source     AMD to unleash the Centurion - FX at 5GHz   AMD's focus for the start of this year has been on explaining the virtues of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) and driving up gaming interest with the impressive Never Settle bundle, available for most mainstream and high-end Radeon cards.   With attention directed elsewhere, AMD's beleaguered FX processors have, it seems, been consigned to the ash heap of history. These chips do without the baked-in graphics present on APUs and, while perfectly reasonable in their own right, are overshadowed by Intel's third-generation Core 'Ivy Bridge' processors.   So how about this as a rumour for a Friday morning? Though AMD will never go on record and confirm this, we have it on good authority that the chip-maker will soon be releasing a super-FX chip. Based on the same 'Vishera' architecture powering the current FX-8350, which runs at up to 4.2GHz, this new FX, codenamed 'Centurion', is to be made available in very limited quantities.   This so-called Centurion is guaranteed to run at 5GHz, on air, though we don't know exactly what voltage or supporting hardware will be required for this lofty speed. Here's the kicker; our sources indicate that this limited-edition chip is set to cost a whopping $795 - this is not a typo! Yup, back to the pricing of FX chips of old. Is there any way that you, the readers, can countenance such pricing for an architecture that's been in the doldrums of late? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.   source

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Intel and Nvidia in talks about merge – rumour.

Intel and Nvidia in Talks About Merge – Rumour.   Intel May Acquire Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huang May Lead New Company     Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. have restarted talks about possible acquisition of the latter by the former, a recent market rumour claims. To make the rumour about a merge between the two companies that would not result into significant synergies even more weird, it is believed that Jen-Hsun Huang, a co-founder and chief executive of Nvidia, may become the head of the new company.   Huge companies, such as Intel and Nvidia, usually meet with each other to discuss potential collaborations, strategic unions, cooperation or even mergers and acquisitions. For example, after Advanced Micro Devices acquired ATI Technologies in 2006, Intel proposed to acquire Nvidia. The companies held a number of meetings, but Nvidia refused the take-over, just like it rejected acquisition by AMD earlier that year as it wanted Jen-Hsun Huang to become the chief executive officer of the new company. Intel then proposed Nvidia to license its GeForce graphics cores and integrate them into Core i-series “Ivy Bridge” and “Sandy Bridge” processors, which Nvidia also turned down.   As the chief executive officer of Intel – Paul Otellini – plans to retire in May ’13, the company is naturally looking for a decent replacement. Since Jen-Hsun Huang can clearly be a candidate for the position, Intel’s management recently held a meeting with Nvidia’s management to discuss potential acquisition once again, according to a report from BrightSideOfNews web-site, which cites a new market rumour.   The developments of relationship between the two companies are kept secret, so nobody will know anything about the proceedings until the deal is finalized.   While the discussions may be in place, it is hard to imagine that the transaction will actually take place. There are numerous reasons for that, including vast differences in corporate culture; little synergy between the two companies and potentially loads of excessive assets and/or people; inability to negotiate about the price that would satisfy both parties.   Intel and Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.   source

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AMD "Oland" Radeon HD 8800 Series SKUs Unveiled | Costs for the iPhone 5 about $167.50

AMD "Oland" Radeon HD 8800 Series SKUs Unveiled     Apparently, launch of AMD's Radeon HD 8800 series is close enough for some sources to come up with specifications. The HD 8800 series, according to one source, is based on a new silicon codenamed "Oland," which is built on the 28 nm process, packing 3.4 billion transistors with around 270 mm² die-area. According to the source, the two HD 8800 series models, the HD 8870 "Oland XT" will up performance per Watt and cost-performance ratios over current HD 7800 series, while maintaining current process technologies.   The Radeon HD 8870, according to numbers provided by the source, could offer performance comparable to today's high-end GPUs. The HD 8870 is clocked at 1050 MHz with 1100 MHz PowerTune Boost frequency; while the HD 8850 is clocked at 925 MHz with 975 MHz boost frequency. The memory of both SKUs is clocked at 6.00 GHz, yielding 192 GB/s memory bandwidth. The chips hence have 256-bit wide memory interfaces.     Key details such as stream processor, TMU, and ROP counts are excluded, though the source mentions that the HD 8870 provides up to 75% higher single-precision floating point and up to 60% higher double-precision floating point performance over its prdecessor, the HD 7870. The texture fill-rate is up by 65%. The Radeon HD 8850 offers similar increases over its predecessor, the HD 7850. Find them tabled above.   source       Estimates of preliminary material costs for the iPhone 5 about $167.50     An analyst firm has done an analysis on the price of preliminary materials used in Apple's iPhone 5, based on specs released by the company, and teardowns of previous iPhones. The cost comes to $167.50.   As a matter of fact, this might come as a pretty big surprise to people who thought that the phone must have been a lot pricier to make, due to the cost of an iPhone off contract. But if things are as the EE times reports they are, then at least the materials used to build an iPhone 5 come to no more than about $167.50, which is apparently $35 more than the materials used in the previous iPhone 4S.   The website also released a chart, detailing the costs of each major part, and comparing the results for iPhone generations four through five.       Of course, there's no word about how much it costs to assemble these parts into a finished a product, and how much it costs to ship them overseas from Chinese manufacturers. It’s certainly conceivable that this adds something significant to the final costs for each device.   If the report is correct, then the most costly component in the new iPhone is Apple's A6 processor, which the EE times reports as costing $28.00.   source

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AMDs FX-8350 | Nvidia Working On GTX 670 SE | Samsung and Toshiba SSD rumors

AMD 8350 is a 4.0GHz eight-core   4.2 GHz with Turbo, 125W   Last week we managed to get some information about AMD’s upcoming FX 8350 and you can check it out here. However, today we learned that AMD will push this CPU from Q3 to early Q4 2012 as now it claims that it can launch this processor in late October. AMD FX 8350 is an eight-core with 16MB cache, Vishera based 32nm core with 4.0GHz default clock and ability to jump to 4.2GHz with turbo core automatic overclocking. This is an impressive frequency jump as the AMD FX 8150 works at 3.6GHz default and with turbo gets to 4.2GHz. The FX 8350 is supposed to replace the 8150 as AMD’s flagship processor. According to current schedule production ready samples are expected in roughly a month (early August). Mass production starts in early August, probably days after they finalize the clocks and give it a green light for mass production but the launch is pushed for late October 2012. Originally it was supposed to launch in Q3 2012. Just to refresh your memory, Vishera supports DDR3 1866, comes with AMD turbo core automatic overclocking, supports AMD AM3+ motherboards and is manufactured on 32nm SOI in Dresden, AMD’s old fab that now belongs to Globalfoundries.   source       Nvidia Working On GTX 670 SE; Earlier 660 SE Rumors Squished     The rumor mill is on a roll again. Earlier we had reported of Nvidia working on a third GTX 660 SE graphics card and the launch to be slated for end of July. Well those rumors have been squished with reports of now a new GTX 670 SE in the works. So apparently now it seems that Nvidia will launch three cards namely the GTX 670 SE, GTX 660TI and the GTX 660 with no confirmation of when the launch will take place this year. PHK, a legit leaker in the world of PC hardware (every teaser he posts turns out to be true rather) has confirmed this as well. Now with the mention of the GTX 670 SE, that means one SKU will be based on the GK 104 chip i.e. the 670 with the other two GTX 660’s based on the GK 106 chip. The shorter PCB therefore perfectly matches up with the 670 but then again the 660 will be itself an inch smaller than the 670 and being based on the GK106 will relatively also pack a smaller cooling solution for having an overall TDP of 100W. Furthermore, the company’s AIB vendors have started offering discounts on their GTX 570 graphics cards with various promotions to possibly clear out their existing piled up stock sooner than the launch of the new 600 series Kepler based cards. This in turn points the possibility of the launch again to end of July or mid of August. We’ll keep you posted as we get more on this.   source     Samsung, Toshiba consider slowing capacity expansion to hold NAND flash prices     Samsung Electronics and Toshiba reportedly are mulling plans to decelerate capacity expansion at their 12-inch fabs in order to stop NAND chip prices from falling further, according to industry sources. Samsung's and Toshiba's technology transitions to 21nm and 19nm, respectively, have already boosted their output of NAND flash memory, the sources said. However, demand growth is still lagging the pace of supply expansion leading to an oversupply and price drops, the sources observed. Samsung and Toshiba are both now evaluating the possibility of postponing their scheduled 12-inch fab expansions with an aim to prevent further falls in chip prices, the sources indicated. NAND flash demand for ultrabooks and SSDs has been a disappointment thus far in 2012. Poor demand is causing chip prices to continue their downward trend, the sources said. Prices for NAND flash chips moved to become stable in June, but end-market demand actually remains sluggish, the sources pointed out. The price stabilizing was as a result of Samsung's intentionally reduction in its supply to China-based channel distributors, the sources said.   source

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Rumors about GeForce 690 and 670

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Launched   NVIDIA today announced the GeForce GTX 690, the world's fastest consumer graphics card -- with a bold industrial design to match. Powered by dual Kepler architecture-based GeForce GPUs, the GTX 690 is meticulously designed -- inside and out -- to deliver the most refined, elegant and smooth PC gaming experience possible.   The surprise announcement was made by NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang during his keynote address at the NVIDIA Game Festival in Shanghai, which is being attended by more than 6,000 gamers from across China.     Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 Specifications:   Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 690 4GB Graphics Processing Clusters: 8 Streaming Multiprocessors: 16 CUDA Cores: 3072 Texture Units: 256 ROP Units: 64 Graphics Clock: 915 MHz (1019 Boost) Memory Clock (Data rate): 6008 MHz Total Video Memory: 4096MB GDDR5 Memory Interface: 512‐bit Total Memory Bandwidth: 192 GB/s per GPU Fabrication Process: 28 nm Transistor Count: 7 Billion total Connectors: 3x Dual‐Link DVI, 1x Mini-DisplayPort 1.2 Form Factor: Dual Slot Power Connectors: 2x 8‐pin PCI-E Power Recommended Power Supply: 600 Watts Thermal Design Power (TDP): 300 Watts   source     NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670   Here is the first picture of an NVIDIA reference design GeForce GTX 670. For the most part, its design will resemble that of reference design GTX 680. The card pictured below is said to have had Leadtek branding, which later got removed. GeForce GTX 670 is carved out of 28 nm GK104 silicon by disabling one of the card's eight SMX units, resulting in a CUDA core count of 1344. Its clock speeds are lower than those of the GTX 680, with around 950 MHz core base clock, and core boost clock a little over 1 GHz. It features 2 GB of memory across a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. The latest price speculation puts it at US $399-$429.           Based on the Nvidia GK104 (3.54 billion transistors on 294mm ² 28mn chip area) DirectX 11.1, Kepler architecture 4 Raster Engines (GPC) 7 shader clusters (SMX) 1344 (1D) shader units 112 texture units (TMUs) 32 raster operation units (ROPs) 256-bit DDR memory interface 2 GB of GDDR5 memory configuration Chip clock: 900 MHz or something more Memory clock: unknown, assumed ~ 2500 MHz PCI Express 3.0 (backwards compatible with PCI Express 1.x and 2.0) Estimated TDP ~ 160 watts   source

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Samsung will unveil the next Galaxy phone May 3rd in London

Samsung will unveil the next Galaxy phone May 3rd in London   After months of rumors Samsung has officially announced the world will meet the Galaxy next phone in London on May 3rd with this invite, first received by Dutch site Tweakers.net. While most speculation will immediately focus around something we're expecting to arrive as the Galaxy S III, the BlackBerry World spoiling invite we received is conspicuously devoid of details like name or specifications. While we'll keep the address of the Samsung Unpacked event to ourselves, the only other information included is the date / time (2PM ET) and the address for a live stream on Facebook. The original Galaxy S and GS2 are already million sellers unit many times over since first launching two years ago and have led the pack for most of Android this time, so what Samsung wants Thurs to top itself this time? (Answer: not 3D, and it's probably a little too late for another continuum-like gimmicky split display.) There are just 17 days left until we find out for sure.     source

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Samsung Galaxy S III (i-9300) to Launch in 2-5 Weeks

Samsung Galaxy S III (i-9300) to Launch in 2-5 Weeks, Immediate World-Wide Availability   It is rumored that Samsung will launch Galaxy SIII superphone at the Samsung Unpacked event (May 22). However, we've been told that the launch is being moved forward, with immediate world-wide availability (excluding USA, which will follow in Summer 2012).   A lot of ink, both virtual and physical was spent on speculations what the specifications of one of hottest smartphones, or "superphones" will be. Samsung i9300 or Galaxy SIII was originally planned to launch on May 22, 2012 at the Samsung Unpacked event, but it looks that Samsung moved forward the date when the new smarphone will be released. Furthermore, the new Galaxy SIII will follow with almost immediate retail availability in APAC and EMEA, with North America to follow. Samsung allegedly decided to enter the European market ahead of the American market due to a multiple sports events that will take place throughout summer.   Samsung is a major sponsor of Olympics 2012 and one of their largest competitors, SHARP - is the key sponsor of Euro 2012. However, Samsung and its marketing agencies are preparing to blanket the airwaves with Samsung Galaxy SIII taking the key place with telco partners such as Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile. First and foremost, Galaxy SIII will be advertised with soccer players from Samsung-sponsored clubs (not country representatives, as Samsung has no rights for EURO 2012), and then those ads will be replaced with Olympics 2012 signage. The phones will be in stores during early weeks of May, and we expect a major push. Remember, rumored specifications cite a 4.7" HD Ready (1280x720) Super AMOLED+ display, quad-core Exynos processor ticking at 1.5GHz, 1GB of system memory and 16-32GB Storage (expandable to 64GB with microSDHC cards). When it comes to connectivity, it was originally rumored that the Galaxy SIII will only support LTE at 700MHz (US Market). That however, is not true. Galaxy SIII will support LTE over European 1800MHz band as well, which is the reason why the European telecoms are eager to get as much units as possible. The question now stands - can Samsung Galaxy SIII beat the iPhone 5 in number of units sold during 2012?     source

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GeForce GTX 680 in single-slot-design

A single slot GeForce GTX 680 Which is under production by manufacturer Galaxy has been pictured making it the third non-reference GTX 680 in Galaxy's lineup. Other than the single slot GTX 680, Galaxy is also preparing a 4GB model and a Hall of Fame Edition GeForce GTX 680 Which were detailed in our previous post here. There's not much to detail except that the card uses a single slot design Which covers a PCI-e slot expansion, It is cooled by a blower fan and would stick to the reference clock frequencies. Galaxy may not go with a 195W TDP since OC'd specs is still a bit high for a single slot cooling design. The PCB is colored blue Indicating a Non-Reference or low profile design but we can not confirm it yet!   The GPU's price and launch date are not known then.       source

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Samsung Galaxy S III launch reportedly confirmed for April

Samsung Galaxy S III launch reportedly confirmed for April   The sequel to Samsung's wildly popular Galaxy II will launch in April. ZDNet Korea claims to have confirmed the time frame with Cheil Worldwide, Samsung's marketing and advertising agency. The firm is reportedly planning a huge campaign in the United Kingdom, one of the Galaxy S III's initial launch markets, and the focus of the ad blitz will be this year's Summer Olympics, will take place in London, Which. An earlier report from an industry insider that is pegged April as the launch month for Samsung's highly anticipated next flagship smartphone. BGR Exclusively published full specs for the Galaxy S III earlier this week, and highlights include a 4.8-inch 1080p high-definition display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor Samsung Exynos, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a ceramic case, embedded 4G LTE and Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich.     source

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The Samsung Galaxy S III Leaked!

The Samsung Galaxy S III Leaked! 1.5GHz, 4.8-inch 1080p Display, Ceramic Case     Samsung previously made ​​it known that the Galaxy S III would not be announced at Mobile World Congress. But it leaked anyway. And it might steal the show. Forgot about the HTC and Sony Xperia X One U, the Samsung will be the Android phone GSIII to beat in 2012. Inside the Galaxy S III is said to be a Samsung Exynos CPU running at 1.5GHz quad-core. It will power a 4.8-inch 16 × 9 display that's reportedly a Blu-ray display - whatever that means. A 2MP resides in the front bezel while at 8MP is embedded around back. BGR does not state the target carrier (s) but the phone will rock a 4G LTE radio. An unconfirmed rendering is pictured up top. The case is reportedly made ​​out of ceramic, Which in a world of plastic and aluminum, is a fun change of pace. Ceramic feels great to the touch, can be very durable and since it's baked mud Comprised of mostly, it's better for the environment. Plus, with ceramic, Apple can not claim any of its Samsung copied products. It will ship with Android 4.0 installed sometime later this year. Samsung previously stated that it would hold a launch event for the phone closer to its ship date. I'd expect the phone in late spring / early summer.   Source

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NVIDIA Kepler Power Circuitry Revealed: 300W TDP?

On the week starting March 20th, NVIDIA will unveil GeForce products based on the Kepler GPU architecture. We got our hands on a board and saw very interesting solutions…   In the first of a series of articles, we'll analyze the way how NVIDIA will supply power for the GK104, rumored to debut as the "GeForce GTX 670 Ti". The specs are wildly rumored "on the Internets", but it is clear that this might be another winner for NVIDIA. Or… not. The final verdict will be given by the reviewers and more importantly - the consumers. What we are going to focus on is another thing, and that is how efficient is the power design on the GeForce 600 Series boards and more importantly, the Kepler GPU itself.   For starters, the thing that you need to know about Kepler is that NVIDIA is using Foxconn to manufacture the high-end board. According to various sources, AMD has used the strategy of switching between Flextronics and Foxconn in the past, but they're now perfectly happy with Foxconn (that one with the anti-suicide nets). The board in question was manufactured in the third quarter of 2011, meaning that NVIDIA has had Kepler for quite sometime. Given that the original plan called for Kepler debut in 2011 and Maxwell in 2013, it's obvious that the yields were too low to initiate production launch. In the recent financial analyst call, Jen-Hsun commented that the 28nm supply will be "constrained through the year (2012)".     As you can see on the diagram above, the board requires a single six-pin and eight-pin power cables (Theoretical Max: 75W + 150W + 75W from the PCIe connector = 300W) even though it should operate with just two six-pin rails. Then again, if you purchase a performance product, it is expected that you'll have at least a 500W+ PSU where 8-pin connector is the norm. Three phases are dedicated to feed the GPU (NVVDD-PH2, PH4, PH5), and dual phase is for driving the rest of the board - a couple of gigabytes of GDDR5 memory and 3rd party chips (NVVDD-PH1 and PH3).   We'll continue the examination in our future articles. Stay tuned.   Source

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Entire Nvidia Kepler Series Specifications, Price & Release Date

Nvidia Kepler GTX680 vs Radeon HD 7970   Today we have published review of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphic cards, Which is a better alternative for GTX 580 at almost the same price. And now it's time for Nvidia to have its own turn. We have got information from our sources that Nvidia's upcoming Kepler GTX680 will be up to 45% faster than AMD's flagship present, the Radeon HD 7970.As price point and specifications of the HD 7970 and HD 7950 are found to be the same as what we have published earlier, this time too, we believe that these specifications, price and release date of Kepler entire series mentioned below will hold true.   But surprisingly reference GTX680 will have just 2 GB frame buffer, even with 1GB lesser than HD 7970, Nvidia GTX680 is able to perform 45% faster. So GTX680 boasts double the amount of stream processors Compared to GTX580. We already know that the entire series Kepler Will Be compliant PCI-E 3.0. For more than a $ 100 HD7970 You Will be getting almost a 45% faster card, now you might have guessed, GTX680 is priced at $ 649 and will be released in April 2012. Entire series is being manufactured on Kepler TSMC's 28nm technology. Another rumor that had spread earlier was that Nvidia will be skipping 600 series and 700 series will use for their Kepler series, but now it's been made clear that, Nvidia is not going to skip GTX600 series. Now you can see the specifications, price point and release date of Nvidia Kepler series GPUs. Kepler based Nvidia GTX 600 series GPUs - Highlights Nvidia GTX690 Kepler   750MHz core clock 2 × 4.5GHz 1.75 GB of GDDR5 memory 2 × 1024 Stream Processors 2x448bit Bus Width Priced at $ 999   Both AMD and Nvidia are following the same trend in Maintaining the order of the series in GPUs. Like HD 7990, GTX 690 has a core clock GTX 680 and lesser than bus width similar to GTX 670th Compared to AMD's HD 7990 price point of $ 849, GTX 690 is priced at $ 999 But comparing the performance to the GTX 690 can offer, HD 7990 is definitely overpriced, and sure AMD has to reduce their prices drastically after the release of kepler GTX 600 series. Nvidia GTX680 Kepler   850MHz core clock 5.5GHz 2GB GDDR5 Memory 1024 Stream Processors 512bit Bus Width Priced at $ 649 45% faster than HD 7970   Nvidia has a clear winner in its hands and that's why they have commented that they had expected much more from AMD. But still we already know that AMD is preparing its revised GCN HD 8000 series graphic cards, Which may be released in the Latter half of this year. Nvidia GTX670 Kepler   850MHz core clock 1.75 GB of GDDR5 memory 5GHz 896 Stream Processors 448bit Bus Width Priced at $ 499 20% faster than HD 7970   Nvidia Kepler GTX660Ti   850MHz core clock 1.5 GB of GDDR5 memory 5GHz 768 Stream Processors 384bit Bus Width Priced at $ 399 10% faster than HD 7950   Nvidia GTX660 Kepler   900MHz core clock 5.8GHz 2GB GDDR5 Memory 512 Stream Processors 256-bit bus width Priced at $ 319 GTX580 performance similar to   Nvidia Kepler GTX650Ti   850MHz core clock 1.75 GB of GDDR5 memory 5.5GHz 448 Stream Processors 224bit Bus Width Priced at $ 249 GTX570 performance similar to   Nvidia GTX650 Kepler   900MHz core clock 5.5GHz 1.5 GB GDDR5 Memory 256 Stream Processors 192bit Bus Width Priced at $ 179 GTX560 performance similar to   Nvidia GTX640 Kepler   850MHz core clock 5.5GHz 2GB GDDR5 Memory 192 Stream Processors 128-bit bus width Priced at $ 139 Performance similar to GTX550Ti   Nvidia Kepler based GTX 690, GTX 680, GTX 670, GTX 660Ti, GTX 660, GTX 650Ti, GTX 650 and GTX 640 Specifications     Nvidia Kepler Series GPUs’ Price and Release Date     source

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HD 7000 series Specs and Price Revealed

HD 7000 series Specs and Price Revealed     Two days before, we have seen the benchmarks of AMD Radeon HD 7970th As we all have expected, it did not show up to be a monster card, but yet it's able to outperform GeForce GTX 580 Another fact is that unlike AMD's tradition of competitive pricing, this time AMD has priced somewhat aggressively. New and Confirmed Specifications of HD 7000 series   Now we have the specification, price and release date of entire GCN architecture based Radeon HD 7000 series, that is from HD 7750 to HD 7990th As we have already published, HD 7990 will be priced at $ 849 and it will be the fastest graphic card on the earth, during its release time. But there is some change in the release date and price of the remaining cards in this lineup, from what we have published earlier. Now lets us see the release date and price of GCN architecture based AMD Radeon HD 7000 series cards.   AMD Radeon HD 7990 Code Name: NewZealand
Core clock speed of 850 MHz
Memory clock speed of 1250 MHz
6GB Frame Buffer
2 x 384 bit Bus width
2 x 240 GB/s Memory Bus Width
Release date: March 2012
Price: 849 $
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Code Name: Tahiti XT
3GB Frame Buffer
Release Date: 9th Jan 2012
Price: 549 $
AMD Radeon HD 7950 Code Name: Tahiti Pro
3GB Frame Buffer
Release Date: 9th Jan 2012
Price: 449 $
AMD Radeon HD 7950 Code Name: Tahiti Pro
1.5GB Frame Buffer
Release Date: March 2012
Price: 399 $
AMD Radeon HD 7890 Code Name: Tahiti LE
1.5GB Frame Buffer
Release Date: Q2 2012
Price: 359 $
  AMD Radeon HD 7000 series Specifications, Price and Release Date       Source

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AMD Brings the Launch of Radeon HD 7900 Series Forward: December 22nd, 2011

According to conversations with fellow journalists and AIB partners, AMD brought forward the launch of HD 7970, while the availability and HD 7950 should launch on January 9, 2012 - one day before CES. Last minute decisions can turn in quite a mess when people involved aren't afraid to speak up and voice out their concerns. Yesterday, there was flurry of activity on various chat boards between board vendors and journalists, all trying to figure out what happened.   According to the information at hand, AMD wishes to end the 2011 year by winning the accolades for the best microprocessor and the best graphics processor in the world. In order to do that, the company brought forward the launch of Radeon HD 7970, Which was here revealed. As you know, AMD's CEO, Rory P. Read proudly announced that the company started to ship 28nm GPUs for the revenue, and there are numerous pictures leaked, rumors and pricing specifications slide on alleged leak.   Now, it looks like the Radeon HD 7970 will launch on December 22, 2011, bringing a Christmas gift to all the current AMD users and those that want to become one. This will be a very limited launch, with the only real availability coming on January 9, 2012 - Which should be the launch date for the Radeon HD 7950th   The interesting bit about the Radeon HD 7950 is that the board is coming out as a custom part, and gave freedom to AMD partners to clock the part anyway they want, there is flexibility in terms of amount of memory, 3rd party cooling - just like GeForce GTX 560 launch, expect a lot of different parts coming from all the usual suspects.   As far as availability is concerned HD 7950, several sources in the know gave out conflicting information. One information floating around claim a limited launch on December 22 for HD7970 only, with widespread availability of HD7970 and HD7950 coming on January 9, 2012, and another rumor is that both HD7970 and 7950 are coming on December 22, 2011 albeit in very limited quanties. Again, both sides of the coin revolve around Dec. 22nd and Jan 9th.   The truth will be known on next Monday, December 22nd.     Source

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Introducing AMD’s Radeon 7000M and NVIDIA’s GeForce 600M Mobile GPUs

Introducing AMD’s Radeon Mobility 7400M, 7500M, and 7600M   Traditionally AMD and NVIDIA have launched their new series of graphics products at the high end and worked their way down. This means launching products like Cypress (Radeon HD 5800 series) and GF100 (GeForce 470/480) first, and following it up with smaller products like Redwood (Radeon HD 5600 series) and GF106 (GeForce 450) later. This owes to the fact that high-end GPUs are the flag bearers of a generation, with new architectures being built on these large chips first before lesser products are derived from them. As a consequence of building the biggest chips first, new architectures have always launched on the desktop first and have come to the mobile space later once the lesser derivatives were ready.   Today, AMD will be launching their first Radeon HD 7000 series products, and in a significant deviation from normal, they're starting on the mobile side first. We've had some indication that this would happen, AMD chose to demo the mobile version of their 28nm GPU instead of the desktop version back in September so this Confirms AMD's intentions. However the 7000M series launching today is not quite what we had in mind   We expected Southern Iceland products based on TSMC's 28nm HKMG new process, but the fact of the matter is that TSMC's 28nm HKMG process is running late, yields and production capacity just are not good enough for the production of high volume retail products for 2011. We may yet see some kind of 28nm product before the year is out so that AMD meets their stated commitment, but a complete 28nm launch in 2011, is off the table. However, AMD is concerned they need to launch new mobile products at the end of this year they have new GPUs Whether or not, meaning they need to make do with what they already have.   As a consequence we're facing another situation rebadging: the 7000M series launching today is based on AMD's Turks and Caicos GPUs, the same GPUs that make up part of the 6000M series. Thus AMD may technically be launching the 7000 series today, but it's the 7000 series in name only. The launch of the Southern Islands 28nm architecture will happen soon enough, but it will not be happening today. Ignore the product number-if you wanted to see new GPUs from AMD [cue Obi-Wan], these are not the GPU you're looking for.   Naming shenanigans aside, the Particularly rustrating part of all of this is that what was already a two architecture series just became a three series architecture. At the high end we will of course see Core Graphics Next, AMD's next-generation architecture intended to move the company away from VLIW. Meanwhile for integrated GPUs, AMD's Trinity will be using a VLIW4 design derived from AMD's 6900 series Cayman GPU, and at the same time it stands to reason that at least some of AMD's 7000 series will be VLIW4 in order to have something to crossfire with Trinity. However, with the latest addition of Turks and Caicos on the 7000M, VLIW5 just got thrown into the mix and any kind of consistency just went out the window.   The one silver lining here is that even with the architecture differences, AMD's architecture is architecture VLIW5 still a state. Compute performance is lacking compared to the latest and greatest, but from a graphics perspective GCN, VLIW4, and VLIW5 are all Direct3D 11 + designs. The launch of Direct3D 11.1 will shake this up later next year-Particularly if GCN is a D3D 11.1-design but thankfully there will not be a huge feature gap like we've seen in the past with other rebadging efforts. The graphics feature set will be mostly not even consistent, if the underlying architectures are.   With the above discussion out of the way, let's hit the actual feature and spec sheets for the 7000M parts launching today. We're including some information from the existing 6000M lineup as a reference point, and because we do not have specifics on the actual models that are launching. If the past is anything to go by, we'd expect two or three models (maybe even four) in each series (eg the 6430M, 6450M, 6470M, and 6490M are all part of the lineup 6400m).     Unfortunately, the details for the new 7000M parts are lacking right now—all we have to go on is the general configuration. We would assume the newer 7000M parts will have slightly higher clocks than the 6000M parts they’re replacing, but we really can’t say much more than that. All the current 7000M parts have the ability to support DDR3 or GDDR5 memory, and we expect to see higher-end models with GDDR5 and more budget friendly offerings with DDR3. The most interesting (and not necessarily in a good way) series is the 7500M, which looks to straddle the ground between the entry-level 7400M and the more capable 7600M. It combines the 480 core GPU of the 7600M with the 64-bit memory interface of the 7400M. The goal is to bring prices down on mainstream hardware, but unless pricing is significantly lower the loss of memory bandwidth is going to hurt. Of course, the GDDR5 equipped models can provide the same bandwidth over a 64-bit bus as a DDR3 model with a 128-bit bus, but we’ll have to wait and see what laptops actually ship with the GPUs and how much they cost before we can come to any firm conclusions. And that sums it up. AMD is launching 7000M GPUs today at the entry-level and midrange segments, but it’s only a rebadging of existing 6000M GPUs. We assume there will be some increased core clocks on the higher end SKUs, but overall there’s no significant change to the performance on tap.   NVIDIA’s GeForce 600M Parts   We just covered the AMD side of things, but yesterday NVIDIA quietly refreshed their entry-level and midrange mobile GPUs in a similar manner. We weren’t briefed on the updates, most likely because there’s not much to say. Like AMD there are three "new" 600M parts. Here’s the overview of what NVIDIA is offering, with the previous generation equivalents listed for reference.     NVIDIA has the specifications up for their parts 600M, and it appears that they'll be doing a straight rebadge without changing the clock speeds from the 500M-equivalents in fact, they'll even keep the craziness that is the GT 555M. The only difference we could find is that GT 635M GDDR5 variants may have slightly more memory bandwidth (or more likely is that the spec page just does not adequately describe the bipolar nature of the product). What they want to be changing is the apparent positioning of the products. The GT 630M and 610M drop 10 points from the model number, while the GT 635M drops 20 points, that appears to leave room for future GT 640M/650M parts, nothing has been announced yet though as. We also do not have information on pricing, but there's a Possibility that with the drop in the model number so prices will be lower.   Like the AMD launch 7000M, GeForce 600M looks to be more about marketing and product positioning than anything. Mobile GPUs are about a generation behind their desktop counterparts, so with the renaming both AMD and NVIDIA are paving the way for new high-end GPUs to replace the current HD 6990M GTX and 580M. Thus, when we see the desktop HD 7970 and GTX 680 (or whatever they end up being named), we'll should also see HD 7970M GTX and 680M. If recent history holds, those will end up being mobile variants of HD 7700 and GTX 660 (whatever those entail).   Source

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Radeon HD 7000 is presented in London on December 5 | 3DMark For Android

Nordichardware said: Radeon HD 7000 is presented in London on December 5   We have waited long for the first graphics cards built on 28nm, and now have the first tasks appeared on AMD's HD 7000-series. The series to be unveiled in London on December 5 and all we need to know about AMD's latest graphics cards that are not yet launched it should talk about.   According to sources at NordicHardware is the moment we have all been waiting for, about to happen. The first generation of graphics cards built on 28nm to announcement during an event in London on December 5 and it is clear that AMD was first again with the latest manufacturing technology. There is no launch it comes on without an event for the media to take note of what is to come from AMD.   28nm GPUs will offer many surprises and have a much greater focus on GPGPU functionality than before, suggesting that it is GCN architecture, which stands in the spotlight. GCN will be the first all-new graphics architecture since the HD 2000 series and should bring AMD's graphics cards in line with NVIDIA in terms of GPGPU functionality, if not higher.   Besides this, we know that all we need to know about the Radeon HD 7000 series will be presented for exactly one week, 5 December in London. Then thus the first official data exist outside of AMD's closed doors.   Source   3DMark For Android Will Let You Conduct Benchmark Tests On Your Phone, Tablet   Even though the spec is apparently dead, some of us may still want to tag numeric values to our gadgetry. The folks over at Futuremark seem to agree, and want to take their benchmark testing into new territory. According to Android.HDBlog, the company is developing its graphics benchmarking tools for the Android platform, both smartphone and tablet alike.   With quad-core processors on the horizon, mobile processing is about to step up its game. That said, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have reliable programs that test our phones/tablets’ performance. 3DMark is already widely used among PC folk to test desktop and laptop computers.   The new 3DMark for Android will be able to conduct full graphics performance tests, compare results between various online devices, and compare results with the forthcoming Windows 8 version of 3DMark. No word on availability yet, but it can’t be too long before you’ll be able to put Android devices to the test.   Source

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GeForce 600M launching December 6th | Radeon HD 7900 series in January |

GeForce 600M launching December 6th   NVIDIA is preparing to debut the GeForce 600 generation on 6th December, with mainstream mobile GeForce 600M GPUs. First in line will be GeForce 610M, GeForce GT 630M and GeForce GT 635M. If these names sound familiar, it is because they were leaked in a beta driver last month. However, these "new" chips are most likely to be rebrands.   NVIDIA is preparing to debut the GeForce 600 generation on 6th December, with mainstream mobile GeForce 600M GPUs. First in line will be GeForce 610M, GeForce GT 630M and GeForce GT 635M. If these names sound familiar, it is because they were leaked in a beta driver last month. However, these "new" chips are most likely to be rebrands. GeForce 610M will be the entry-level product, succeeding GeForce 410M and GeForce GT 520M. The 610M is expected to feature 48 cores with 64-bit memory. Codenamed N13M-GE1/3/5, the 610M could be based on GF119. One of the most popular cards in the GeForce 500M family was the GeForce GT 555M. The GT 555M, in another case of nomenclature chaos, shipped in no less than 4 different variants, ranging from 96 SP to 144 SP, GF106 to GF108, 128bit-192bit and clock speeds between 590 MHz and 753 MHz. Some of the variants of the GT 555M are set to be spinned off as GT 630M and GT 635M. Like the GT 555M, both GT 630M and GT 635M are expected to be based on the GF106 chip. The GT 630M, codenamed N12E-GE2, is expected to feature 144 SP with 128-bit memory, much like the variant of GT 555M present in MSI's GX780 notebooks. GT 635M might feature the same 144 SP, but with higher clocks and perhaps a 192-bit memory. However, we are not out of the nomenclature woods yet as 610M, GT 635M and GT 630M will have multiple variants beyond the above mentioned. At this stage, the true nature of these first GeForce 600M SKUs remain unknown. While they seem much like Fermi rebrands, previous rumours of 28nm Fermi shrinks must also be accounted for. Regardless, 610M, GT 630M and GT 635M are most likely to be somehow based on the Fermi architecture rather than true next-gen Kepler. The first Kepler GPU, GK107, will also release under the GeForce 600M family later in 2012. These first GeForce 600M GPUs will be announced on 6th December, presumably shipping to OEMs. It remains to be seen when notebooks powered by GeForce 600M will hit retail shelves - most likely in early Q1 2012.   Source   Radeon HD 7900 series in January   New 28nm desktop graphics chips will come in January, at least when it comes to AMD. There was some hope that we will see 28nm parts come in September, then October, and most recently in December, but multiple industry sources are now saying that they will launch in January time. The new Tahitian series should end up with HD Radeon 7xxx and branding as it will come in XT and Pro flavors. It's kind of safe to assume that Radeon HD 7970, codename Tahiti XT will be the fastest single chip card from AMD while the Radeon HD 7950 will be the code name for Tahiti PRO product. These two chips can be matched together and the dual-GPU version should appear at a later date, possibly in the first half of 2012th Some partners believe that new AMD CEO Rory Read means business and that it can turn things around, at least to some extent. However, AMD did not have much trouble in the graphics department anyway. The new generation should be good and it will have to face Kepler, Nvidia's 28nm GPU that will definitely pose a serious threat. At least from today's point of view, it looks like AMD will be the first to launch 28nm graphics and as you can imagine Radeon HD 7970 ends up Significantly faster than Radeon HD 6970, the current single-GPU flagship in AMD's stable. Hopeful 2012 will be a bit more interesting in the graphics world, as 2011 will probably go down in history as one of the most uneventful years since the nineties.   Source

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Rumors about new AMD Radeon HD 7000 series | Gigabyte teases near final G1.Assasin 2 X79 motherboard | First Kal El is Asus Transformer 2

In the pre-release from the Catalyst-11.11 driver with the version number 8.91 there are some new video cards from the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series     AMD6778.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7000 series" AMD68FA.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series" AMD6850.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series" AMD6858.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series" AMD6859.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series" AMD677B.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series" AMD6772.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7400A Series" AMD675D.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7500 Series" AMD6742.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7500/7600 Series" AMD6841.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series" AMD675B.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7600 Series" AMD6751.1 = "AMD Radeon HD 7600A Series" AMD6840.7 = "AMD Radeon HD 7600M Series" AMD683B.1 = "CAPE VERDE PRO" AMD683F.1 = "CAPE VERDE PRO" AMD6839.1 = "CAPE VERDE XT" AMD683D.1 = "CAPE VERDE XT" AMD6838.1 = "CAPE VERDE XTX" AMD682F.1 = "CHELSEA PRO" AMD6824.1 = "CHELSEA XT" AMD682D.1 = "CHELSEA XT" AMD6831.1 = "GREAT WALL" AMD6821.1 = "HEATHROW PRO" AMD6827.1 = "HEATHROW PRO" AMD6820.1 = "HEATHROW XT" AMD6825.1 = "HEATHROW XT" AMD6819.1 = "PITCAIRN PRO" AMD6818.1 = "PITCAIRN XT" AMD6799.1 = "SI NEW ZEALAND" AMD679A.1 = "SI TAHITI PRO" AMD6798.1 = "SI TAHITI XT" AMD6830.1 = "SUMMER PALACE XT" AMD9901.1 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR DESKTOP" AMD9904.1 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR LITE DESKTOP" AMD9903.2 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR LITE MOBILE" AMD9900.2 = "TRINITY DEVASTATOR MOBILE" AMD9991.1 = "TRINITY SCRAPPER DESKTOP" AMD9990.2 = "TRINITY SCRAPPER MOBILE" AMD6800.1 = "WIMBLEDON XT"   Source   Gigabyte teases near final G1.Assasin 2 X79 motherboard   We already got a sneak peek at the Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 X79 motherboard along with Gigabyte's other X79 boards from IDF, but now the company is showing off teaser pictures of what should be near a final product on its Facebook page. Nothing much appears to have changed in terms of the board layout, although several SATA ports are missing thanks to Intel's X79 chipset snafu.       Source   First Kal El is Asus Transformer 2   Tegra 3 that is It was supposed to show its face in August, but now it is crystal clear that Kal El has been slightly delayed for at least month or a bit more. We got a confirmation from a multiple sources that first tablet based on a new quad core 40nm Tegra chip, codenamed Kal El is going to show its face inside of the Asus Transformer 2 tablet. Asus transformer based on Tegra 2 was quite popular device as many users really liked the combination of a keyboard dock with an extra battery and a thin Tegra 2 tablet. Jen Hsun Huang, Nvidia CEO said at the last conference call that despite its four cores, Kal El consumes less power than Tegra 2, and this is the case across the board in just about any work scenario. This is a huge step forward for Nvidia and Jensen also said that there are many companies who are currently working on Kal El designs. There will be many tablets and at later date, most likely in Q1 2012, we will see phones based on quad core Kal El. According to Nvidia's Tegra roadmap, Kal El should have better computational power than Core 2 Duo.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMbTVnJIDA4

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Amazon has Palm in its shopping cart | ASRock Teases with X79 Extreme7 Picture | Sharp AQUOS 104SH

Amazon has Palm in its shopping cart — will it click Buy?     Who will save what’s left of Palm from HP’s bumbling? It could be Amazon, as the online retailing giant is in serious negotiations to snap up Palm from HP, VentureBeat has learned. A well-placed source tells us that HP is currently looking to rid itself of Palm as soon as possible, and that Amazon is the closest to finalizing the deal, among a handful of contenders. Indeed, after yesterday’s announcement of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, no other company seems as fitting a home for Palm and its webOS software. It’s worth noting that former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, who now holds a vague “product innovation” role at HP’s Personal Services Group, joined Amazon’s board late last year. When asked for comment, an HP spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on rumors and speculation. We’re still waiting to hear back from an Amazon representative. The Kindle Fire is powered by Android, but it’s been heavily customized by Amazon to the point where you can barely tell. By purchasing the remnants of Palm, Amazon would have free rein to redesign webOS to its own liking, and it would be able to further differentiate its Kindle devices from the slew of Android tablets in the market. And even though HP has given up entirely on its webOS hardware business after the TouchPad tablet failed spectacularly, there’s still plenty of potential for webOS to power a successful device. Palm’s mobile software was praised for its slick multi-tasking capabilities, which could allow future Kindle Fire tablets to juggle games, movies and media with more finesse than Android. It also appears that HP has been eyeing Amazon for some time as a potential webOS partner. In an interview with This is my next in July, Rubinstein revealed quite a bit about having Amazon use webOS in its future tablets: So, we’d like a partner that would allow us to expand the webOS ecosystem… There’s a variety of different sets of a characteristics to qualify as a good partner. I would say Amazon would certainly make a great partner, because they have a lot of characteristics that would help them expand the webOS ecosystem. As to whether there’s been discussions or not… that’s obviously not something I’m going to comment about. HP paid $1.2 billion for Palm in 2010, but Amazon will end up spending a fraction of that if the deal goes through. Given just how badly the TouchPad failed, HP will likely offer what’s left of Palm at a major discount, especially since Amazon woudn’t be interested in resuscitating now extinct webOS hardware. Personally, I’ve never had much faith in HP’s ability to effectively manage Palm and webOS. Amazon, with its commitment to long-term planning and innovative consumer devices, seems like a much better fit. And in a way, it seems fitting for the company that released the first widely-available $200 tablet to snap up the company that made PDAs, the precursor to the smartphone, a phenomenon.   Source   ASRock Teases with X79 Extreme7 Picture   ASRock is now a full-fledged motherboard manufacturer with boards targeting every market segment, from $50 office PC boards, to all-out enthusiast boards. Its upcoming socket LGA2011 lineup has one such board, one that woos budget-unconcious buyers, the X79 Extreme7.         After looking at the slurpy teaser picture we scored, we really wish we had a shot of this board's landscape. But from what little we can make out, the board seems to be fully loaded in a very unique way. To begin with, this board seems to have six DDR3 DIMM slots. That's an odd number, considering the Sandy Bridge-E processor embeds four DDR3 memory channels, and so motherboards should ideally either have four slots (one per channel), or eight (two per channel). As with all LGA2011 boards, the memory slots are arranged on either sides of the large 2011-pin socket. The CPU seems to be powered by at least an 8-phase VRM. We're able to count just one row of chokes on the VRM area north of the socket, there could be more rows. Interestingly, the FETs of the memory VRM seem to be cooled by heatsinks, as well. The last time we saw heatsinks over memory VRM was with Foxconn QuantumForce X58 boards. The heatsink cooling the X79 PCH (platform controller hub) is cooled by an active fan-heatsink. Active cooling, we think, is redundant. X79, unlike X58, is a single chip platform controller hub, with the northbridge completely relocated to the CPU package. A PCH is not much more than a glorified southbridge. Overclockers will seldom need to play with PCH voltages. Besides, small fans can add to the case noise. One upside we see is that with a multi-disk RAID array, the PCH could heat up, and the active heatsink design could help keep the size of the heatsink down. We see at least five PCI-Express x16 slots, one can expect at least four of them to be Gen 3.0, and wired to the processor. We spy 9 internal SATA ports, and two front-panel USB 3.0 headers (four ports). Apart from the usual 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power inputs, the board can draw power from a 4-pin Molex connector. The extra power might come handy in some scenarios (such as a PhysX-dedicated graphics card that relies on the motherboard entirely, for power.   Source   Sharp AQUOS 104SH will run Ice Cream Sandwich for Softbank, among others   The first officially-announced phone we’ve seen set to run Android version Ice Cream Sandwich will be Sharp’s AQUOS 104SH, slated for Japanese carrier Softbank. Details on the new device were announced by Softbank, along with other handsets from Sharp, Panasonic and Dell. The 104SH is definitely the pick of the litter, with a 4.5-nch 1280 x 720 screen, 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 CPU, a 12.1-megapixel camera and a IPX5/IPX7 water resistance rating. Pricing on the new phone wasn’t announced, but Softbank is aiming for a Spring 2012 release window.   Taking a slightly more pedestrian approach is the AQUOS 102SH, a Gingerbread phone due in December. The 102SH appears identical save for a 1GHz processor and some slight adjustments to the phone body. Softbank is highlighting the phone’s dual CDMA/GSM antenna with support for high-capacity data networks with a download speed of up to 21Mbps.   Falling into Japan’s popular photo-centered phone niche, the Panasonic LUMIX 101P features an impressive 13.2-megapixel camera. Otherwise the specs are slightly lower than the AQUOS phones, with a 4-inch, 940 x 540 screen on a IPX5/IPX7 rugged body just 9.8mm thick. The Gingerbread phone is set for release in November.     Lastly we have Dell Streak Pro 101DL, a Gingerbread Android phone rocking a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 960 x 540. The 101DL has a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 CPU and a camera with “just” 8 megapixels. The Streak is scheduled for release in January.           None of these phones are set for an international release, and with the possible exception of the Dell Streak Pro 101DL, don’t expect them to wash up on American shores any time soon.

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First Atom ''Cedar Trail'' Processors | AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview-Driver | Official BETA NVIDIA 285.38 Display Driver

Intel Releases First Atom ''Cedar Trail'' Processors   Intel released its latest generation of Atom processors, codenamed "Cedar Trail". Unlike earlier expected, the portable (netbook) variants of the new Atom processor aren't launched this day, just the low-power desktop (nettop) variants of Atom D2500 and Atom D2700. Cedar Trail is built on the 32 nm fabrication process, it features faster graphics, more graphics connectivity options (such as DisplayPort), hardware HD video acceleration, and a faster integrated memory controller.   Both the D2500 and D2700 are dual-core processors, with two x86-64 cores, and four logical CPUs for the OS to deal with, using HyperThreading technology. The D2500 is clocked at 1.86 GHz, while the D2700 runs at 2.13 GHz. Both chips feature 1 MB of shared L2 cache, the TDP of both are rated at 10W. New features included with the two are Intel Wireless Display Technology, Fast Boot, and PC Sync. The improved embedded graphics core is capable of 1080p video playback, supports hardware acceleration of popular HD video formats, and supports Blu-ray 2.0 format. Available to OEMs, the Atom D2500 and D2700 are BGA chips, priced at $42 and $52 in 1K quantities, respectively. The portable (netbook) variants of this generation, the N2600 and N2800, are expected to arrive a little later.   Source   AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview-Driver Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series for single GPU configurations
Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
Enables support for Eyefinity 5x1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
Vision Engine Control Center: User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the CrossfireX, GPU Overdrive, and Information Center pages.
Download AMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview-Driver   Official BETA NVIDIA 285.38 Display Driver   Today we posted our second official BETA NVIDIA display driver from our R285 driver branch. The new NVIDIA BETA display driver 285.38 is available for download from our main download drivers page for NVIDIA Geforce desktop/notebook/ION GPUs. Unfortunately due to the short window in between BETA driver releases, many of the bugs previously reported for BETA NVIDIA display driver version 285.27 are not included in this driver but a few major fixes have been added. We encourage users to download and install the latest BETA NVIDIA 285.38 display driver which provides up to 38% better performance for the upcoming Battlefield 3 BETA release scheduled for September 27th, 2011 over the previous NVIDIA 285.27 display driver. For information on the latest BETA driver,   Official BETA NVIDIA 285.38 Display Driver

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AMD FX 8150 Looks Core i7-980X and Core i7 2600K in the Eye: AMD Benchmarks

The bets are off, it looks like Intel is in for a price-performance shock with AMD's Bulldozer, after all. In the press deck of AMD FX Processor series leaked by DonanimHaber ahead of its launch, AMD claims huge performance leads over Intel. To sum it up, AMD claims that its AMD FX 8150 processor is looking Intel's Core i7-980X in the eye in game tests, even edging past it in some DirectX 11 titles. It is performing on par with the Core i7-2600K in several popular CPU benchmarks such as WinRAR 4, X.264 pass 2, Handbrake, 7Zip, POV Ray 3.7, ABBYY OCR, wPrime 32M, and Bibble 5.0. AMD FX 8150 is claimed to be genuinely benefiting from the FMA4 instruction set that Sandy Bridge lacks, in the OCL Performance Mandelbrot test, the FX 8150 outperforms the i7-2600K by as much as 70%. Lastly, the pricing of the FX 8150 is confirmed to be around the $250 mark. Given this, and the fact that the Core i7-2600K is priced about $70 higher, Intel is in for a price-performance shock.           Source

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