Thursday, July 2nd 2015

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AMD Revises Pump-block Design for Radeon R9 Fury X

AMD seems to have reacted swiftly to feedback from reviewers and owners of initial batches if its Radeon R9 Fury X, over a noisy pump-block; and revised its design. The revised pump-block lacks the "high pitched whine" that users were reporting, according to owners. At this point there are no solid visual cues on how to identify a card with the new block, however a user with the revised card (or at least one that lacks the whine), pointed out a 2-color chrome Cooler Master (OEM) badge on the pump-block, compared to the multi-color sticker on pump-blocks from the initial batches. You can open up the front-plate covering the card without breaking any warranties.


Source: AnandTech Forums

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP Extreme Starts Selling

One of the fastest air-cooled GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards you can buy, the ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP Extreme (model: ZT-90505-10P), started selling. It offers some of the highest factory-overclocked speeds for the GTX 980 Ti, with 1253 MHz core, 1355 MHz GPU Boost, and 7220 MHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, compared to reference speeds of 1000/1076/7012 MHz.

The ZOTAC GTX 980 Ti AMP Extreme features the company's in-house designed triple-slot IceStorm cooling solution, which features a massive dual fin-stack heatsink, that's ventilated by a trio of temperature-activated fans. The card draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.2, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and dual-link DVI. Available now, the card is priced at US $700.

AOC Intros Q2577PWQ 25-inch WQHD Monitor

AOC rolled out the Q2577PWQ, a 25-inch monitor offering WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) native resolution. The monitor features an IPS LCD panel with LED illumination, which uses a non-PWM method for adjusting brightness (and is hence flicker-free). Other key specs include 5 ms response time, 178°/178° viewing angles, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, and dynamic mega-contrast ratio. Display inputs include DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub. In-built 2W stereo speakers, a 4-port USB hub, with two USB 3.0 downstream ports (one of which is a high-current port) and two USB 2.0 ports; and a maximum power consumption figure of 55W, round off the package. Its stand allows for height, tilt, and 90° rotation to portrait mode. AOC didn't announce price, although availability is slated for August 2015.

ASUS Intros N3150-C and N3050-C Celeron "Braswell" Mini-ITX Motherboards

ASUS introduced the N3150-C and N3050-C, two mini-ITX motherboards based on the Intel Celeron quad-core N3150 and N3050 SoCs, respectively. The two SoCs are based on the "Braswell" silicon, embedding quad-core or dual-core CPUs based on the 64-bit x86 "Airmont" CPU micro-architecture. The dual-core N3050 features HyperThreading, enabling four logical CPUs, while the quad-core N3150 lacks it. Both chips also embed dual-channel DDR3L IMCs, supporting up to 8 GB of memory; 8th generation Intel graphics with 12 execution units, and TDPs under 6W.

The N3150-C and N3050-C from ASUS feature a common PCB design, with 24+4 pin power inputs, two full-size DDR3 DIMM slots, a single open-ended PCI-Express 2.0 x4 expansion slot, an mPCIe slot, two each of SATA 6 Gb/s, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports, 6-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and D-Sub display outputs; and legacy connectivity that includes two PS/2 ports, and a serial (RS-232) port.

Source: FanlessTech
Wednesday, July 1st 2015

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EVGA Unveils the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+

EVGA unveiled the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ graphics card (model: 06G-P4-4998). Positioned a notch below the GTX 980 Ti Classified Kingpin Edition, and one above the GTX 980 Ti Hybrid, the card will be EVGA's fastest GTX 980 Ti, until the Classified Kingpin Edition starts selling. It offers factory overclocked speeds of 1190 MHz core, 1291 MHz GPU Boost, and an untouched 7.00 GHz memory; compared to reference clocks of 1000 MHz core and 1076 MHz GPU Boost.

The card features EVGA's biggest and tallest ACX 2.0+ air-cooling solution, which is 2 slots thick, but a good inch and a half taller than the reference card. It features a large dual fin-stack heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of large fans. The PCB features a 14+3 phase VRM that draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The card comes with a pre-installed back-plate. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.2 and one each of HDMI 2.0 and dual-link DVI connectors. Other features include dual-BIOS and EVGA EV-Bot module support. Available now, the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+ is priced at US $700.

Samsung Announces New Samsung LEVEL U Wireless Bluetooth Headset

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced the Samsung LEVEL U as the newest member of its LEVEL headset lineup. Incorporating the latest in Samsung technology, this new Bluetooth headset pairs a stylish design and a comfortable fit with crystal-clear call quality and a premium sound experience.

With a flexible neck band and soft ear grips, Samsung's LEVEL U offers exceptional wearing comfort and a simplified experience. Samsung's latest LEVEL headset is equipped with built-in controls that allow wearers to conveniently adjust volume, pause, play or skip a track without having to reach for their paired device. In addition, the LEVEL U provides up to 10 hours of usage time, so users can get the most out of their listening for much longer.

Sharkoon Announces the SharkZone M51+ Mouse+Bungee Bundle

Sharkoon expands its range of input devices and presents the SHARK ZONE M51+ bundle consisting with the new SHARK ZONE M51 Gaming Laser Mouse and equally new SHARK ZONE MB10 Gaming Bungee Hub.

The SHARK ZONE M51 LASER MOUSE comes in a stylish SHARK ZONE design with an illuminated logo and, with its Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor, is specifically designed for gamers. The rubber coating ensures maximum grip on the mouse, even with ambitious use. The mouse also has LED DPI indicators, 11 programmable buttons, 4-way scroll wheel and weight tuning system. Individual settings such as key settings, mouse speed, color settings and illumination can easily be made via the included gaming software and comfortably saved on the mouse using the onboard memory. The M51 connects via a textile braided cable with gold-plated USB plug.

Now, 3D Print Your Own Front-plate for the R9 Fury X

It will be a while before you see custom-design variants of the Radeon R9 Fury X, which is a halo product to AMD, much like the GTX TITAN series for NVIDIA. In the mean time, you can customize its front-plate (the rubbery-textured front cover of the cooler shroud). AMD put out 3D models of the front-plate along with a few simple instructions on how to remove and replace it. With basic 3D printing know-how, and equipment, you can 3D-print your own front-plate design. Find the 3D model files and instructions here.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Completes Acquisition of IBM Microelectronics Business

GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that it has completed its acquisition of IBM's Microelectronics business. With the acquisition, GLOBALFOUNDRIES gains differentiated technologies to enhance its product offerings in key growth markets, from mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) to Big Data and high-performance computing. The deal strengthens the company's workforce, adding decades of experience and expertise in semiconductor development, device expertise, design, and manufacturing. And the addition of more than 16,000 patents and applications makes GLOBALFOUNDRIES the holder of one of the largest semiconductor patent portfolios in the world.

"Today we have significantly enhanced our technology development capabilities and reinforce our long-term commitment to investing in R&D for technology leadership," said Sanjay Jha, chief executive officer of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "We have added world-class technologists and differentiated technologies, such as RF and ASIC, to meet our customers' needs and accelerate our progress toward becoming a foundry powerhouse." Through the addition of some of the brightest and most innovative scientists and engineers in the semiconductor industry, GLOBALFOUNDRIES solidifies its path to advanced process technologies at 10 nm, 7 nm, and beyond.

NVIDIA Readies GeForce GTX 950 Ti Mid-range Graphics Card

NVIDIA is preparing to cement its sub-$150 product offering, and compete with AMD's Radeon R7 370, with a new SKU called the GeForce GTX 950 Ti. This chip will succeed the GTX 750 Ti and is expected to be based on the 28 nm "GM206" silicon. The SKU reportedly features an ASIC variant code "GM206-250" (the GTX 960 features "GM206-300.") NVIDIA could create the SKU by either cutting down the CUDA core count (which is 1,024 on the silicon), lowering clock-speeds, or a combination of the two. The chip already features a narrow 128-bit GDDR5 memory interface, compared to the 256-bit memory bus on its competing R7 370.


Source: VideoCardz

Acer Intros XR341CK Curved Cinematic-Widescreen Monitor with AMD FreeSync

Acer announced the XR341CK curved cinematic-widescreen (21:9) monitor. This 34-inch monitor, offers a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, and is designed for gaming. The display supports AMD FreeSync technology, which lets it synchronize its refresh-rate with the frame-rate of the graphics card. The monitor offers viewing angles of 172°/178° (V/H), refresh-rates of up to 75 Hz, 4 ms response time, and inputs that include a full-size DisplayPort 1.2a, a mini-DisplayPort 1.2a, and HDMI 2.0. Other features include a USB 3.0 hub, in-built 7W stereo speakers and a 3.5 mm headphones jack that take audio input from the graphics card; a height and tilt adjustable stand, native split-screen and PiP. When it hits the shelves, it is expected to be priced around US $1,000.


Source: Hermitage Akihabara
Tuesday, June 30th 2015

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DeepCool Intros Wave Micro-ATX Case

DeepCool introduced the Wave mini-tower case, designed for micro-ATX and mini-ITX builds. The case is characterized by a wavy design that run along its front facade, including a door that conceals some drive bays. The case features a top-positioned PSU bay, and with its drive cages occupying the top and central portions, this frees up room at the bottom (the expansion slot area) for graphics cards as long as 33 cm. The case also offers room for CPU coolers as tall as 14.5 cm. The DeepCool Wave offers two 5.25-inch, one exposed and three concealed 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive bays. Ventilation includes a 120 mm front intake, a 90 mm rear exhaust, and a 90 mm side vent. Measuring 387 mm x 175 mm x 353.5 mm (LxWxH), the case weighs 3.2 kg, and is made of SECC steel and ABS plastic. DeepCool didn't announce pricing or availability info.

Origin PC Launches NVIDIA G-SYNC Ready EON17-X and EON15-X Laptops

ORIGIN PC announced today NVIDIA's revolutionary G-Sync technology is now available on their EON17-X and EON15-X custom gaming laptops. By synchronizing the display refresh rates to the GPU, G-SYNC eliminates screen tearing, minimizes display stutter and lowers input lag to deliver the very best gaming experience possible and for the first time ever it's available on a laptop. Experience the smoothest and fastest gameplay ever with NVIDIA's G-SYNC display technology on ORIGIN PC's EON17-X and EON15-X high-performance laptops today.

AMD FirePro Graphics Powers Virtual Reality Solution From zSpace

AMD today announced that zSpace has chosen AMD FirePro W5170M graphics to power the new zSpace for Education enabling real world virtual reality in the classroom. Unlike other VR solutions, AMD FirePro professional graphics-powered zSpace for Education delivers interaction and group collaboration through a VR precision 'stylus' to naturally access the virtual experience matched with a head-tracking computer display in an innovative, all-in-one design.

The zSpace for Education solution features an easy-to-use interface that is natural and intuitive. zSpace will implement AMD's LiquidVR technology, harnessing AMD GPU hardware sub-systems to make the virtual reality experience as comfortable and as realistic as possible. "AMD is proud to work with zSpace to power their new real world virtual reality solution," said Sean Burke, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Professional Graphics Group. "AMD FirePro professional graphics deliver the features and horsepower required for this innovative new product which requires exceptional visual performance."

ADATA Announces Availability of SP600NS34 M.2 SATA SSD

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launches thePremier SP600NS34 M.2 2242SATA 6Gb/s SSD for Ultrabooks and desktop PCs. To meet the latest platform and users' expectations, "slimmer, faster, and power-saving", ADATA's Premier SP600NS34 features multiple functions to enhance efficiency, such as DEVSLP, BCH ECC technology, and Intel Smart Response Technology. If you are seeking a new solution to upgrade your Ultrabook, the Premier SP600NS34 will be a great choice with the best cost-performance ratio.

The Premier SP600NS34 comes in capacities of 128GB and 256GB, and adopts the smallest SSD form factor - M.2 2242, with measurements of only 22 x 42 x 3.5mm. However, the compact size does not sacrifice performance - with the JMicron controller, the sequential read speed of SP600NS34 is up to 550MB/s, and the maximum 4K random read/write performance is up to 75K/77K IOPS. The Premier SP600NS34 supports DEVSLP (Device Sleep) technology, helping to consume less power than traditional idle and prolonging the battery life at the same time.

Philips Intros BDM3275UP 32-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor

Philips introduced the BDM3275UP 32-inch monitor, offering 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution. It embeds an IPS-AHVA panel, with 178°/178° viewing angles, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, dynamic mega-contrast ratio, and 30-bit color (1.07 billion colors). The display takes input from HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, and dual-link DVI. A headphones output (putting out audio from the HDMI/DP audio channels), and a 4-port USB 3.0 hub make for the rest of its feature-set. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

Toshiba Announces its Highest Capacity Enterprise Cloud HDD

The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces a new, high-capacity addition to the MC04 Series launched in May of last year. The 6TB version of the MC04 Series of enterprise high-capacity HDDs is designed for bulk storage systems and servers supporting cloud-based applications and scale-out workloads. With an industry standard 3.5-inch form factor, the MC04 Series delivers 7,200 revolutions per minute (RPM) performance, enabling suitable service levels for high performance cloud-based applications and storage.

Toshiba's highest capacity enterprise cloud HDD delivers a 20 percent increase over the previous generation's 5TB capacity, enabling more efficient high-density, high-growth storage for multi-petabyte rack deployments. Furthermore, the newest addition to the MC04 Series improves ROI for scale-out storage solutions with a 20 percent increase in power efficiency (TB/W) over previous generations, enabling more cost-effective delivery of cloud storage services.

GIGABYTE Releases Super-Compact GeForce GTX 960 WF2X Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE released a new super-compact dual-fan WindForce 2X VGA cooling solution, and launched a pair of GeForce GTX 960 graphics cards featuring it. The cooler allows the card to have a length of just 18.1 cm. These include the 4 GB N960OC-4GD and the 2 GB N960OC-2GD. Both cards come with factory-overclocked speeds of 1190 MHz core, and 1253 MHz GPU Boost (against reference clocks of 1127/1178 MHz), with 7.00 GHz memory. The cooling solution consists of a single 8 mm-thick copper heat pipe, which passes through the center of the heatsink base, projecting out in an "S" shape, and passing through two ends of an aluminium fin stack. It's ventilated by a pair of fans. The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. Display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2.

SilverStone Releases CPS03 Mini-SAS Cable Assembly

To meet demands from professionals and enthusiasts with high performance storage demands, SilverStone created CPS03, a cable designed for Mini-SAS devices. With sideband connection (SGPIO) feature, the CPS03 is designed for always on and reliable operation with servers or workstations. On both ends of the cable are 36 pin SFF-8087 connector and SATA 7 pin * 4 (target device) with Sideband connector made out of industrial-grade material with weave sleeving for robust and trouble-free connections. Finally, CPS03's supports a four lane design to provide top performance for any professional SAS or SATA storage systems.
Monday, June 29th 2015

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Belkin Announces Universal HDMI to VGA Adapter Kit with Audio

Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced availability of its new Universal HDMI to VGA Adapter Kit with Audio, the only branded, multi-purpose adapter kit that gives existing legacy equipment complete compatibility with new digital devices.

Today's classroom is a mixed technology environment comprised of legacy VGA equipment (e.g., old projectors, early-generation interactive whiteboards) and new HDMI-enabled devices (e.g., iPads, Apple TV, Chromebooks). Budget constraints can restrict the purchase of new equipment, forcing educators to use what the school currently has available. There is no easy way to integrate existing equipment with new devices, creating a disconnect that hinders collaboration in the classroom.

NVIDIA Addresses Google Chrome Bug with GeForce Hotfix Update

NVIDIA released a GeForce driver update, version 353.38 Hotfix (not WHQL signed), that addresses a software bug that affects users of the popular Google Chrome web-browser. Users of the GPU-accelerated web-browser have been reporting crashes (both of the browser and display driver), and app freezing. The driver also addresses the issue of slow startup and window-switching of apps with G-SYNC enabled. The rest of its feature-set is carried over from the 353.30 drivers.

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Micron Begins Shipping its First 20 nm-class GDDR5 DRAM Chips

Micron Technology announced during its Q3 FY-2015 earnings call, that it began shipping GDDR5 memory chips based on its 20 nm-class node. The company is reportedly shipping 8 Gb (1 gigabyte) GDDR5 memory chips. The company was last reported to be acquiring Japanese DRAM major Elpida, which also supplies GDDR5 chips to graphics cards, notebooks, and game console makers. The GDDR5 memory space has been saturated by companies such as Samsung and SK Hynix. The memory standard itself is on the brink of becoming obsolete; with AMD implementing HBM on its new high-end GPU, and NVIDIA expected to implement HBM with its upcoming "Pascal" GPU family. There is still quite a few GDDR5-equipped graphics cards to be sold, before HBM takes over GPUs of all market segments.

Source: Kitguru

E Fun Announces Nextbook Flexx 10

Summer is finally here; the sun is out, school is no longer in session and many families take the opportunity to take a vacation. Don't get stuck inside on a large laptop or desktop, make the most of your summer with a new portable Nextbook Flexx 10 from E FUN. Larger than a smartphone, yet smaller than a computer, this versatile 2-in-1 tablet makes the perfect travel companion for the entire family this summer. The Nextbook Flexx 10 is available now for under $200.

At 10.1", this Windows 2-in-1 is the perfect size to bring on vacation, so you can conveniently watch movies, play games, listen to music and surf the web on any flight or car ride. And with a 16:10 aspect ratio, you still get the high definition you've grown accustomed to. For those that want to be productive while traveling, the Nextbook Flexx 10 comes with a full-sized detachable keyboard, perfect for getting work done wherever your summer travels take you.
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