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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.






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.





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.





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