Friday, July 22nd 2016

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AMD Reports 2016 Second Quarter Results

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced revenue for the second quarter of 2016 of $1,027 million, operating loss of $8 million, and net income of $69 million, or $0.08 per diluted share. Non-GAAP operating income was $3 million and non-GAAP net loss was $40 million, or $0.05 per share.

"In the second quarter we accomplished a significant milestone as we returned to non-GAAP operating profitability based on solid execution and strong demand for our semi-custom and graphics products," said Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "Based on the strength of our semi-custom products and demand for our latest Radeon RX GPUs and 7th Generation A-Series APUs, we are well positioned to drive growth and market share gains in the second half of the year."

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX TITAN X Pascal

In a show of shock and awe, NVIDIA today announced its flagship graphics card based on the "Pascal" architecture, the GeForce GTX TITAN X Pascal. Market availability of the card is scheduled for August 2, 2016, priced at US $1,199. Based on the 16 nm "GP102" silicon, this graphics card is endowed with 3,584 CUDA cores spread across 56 streaming multiprocessors, 224 TMUs, 96 ROPs, and a 384-bit GDDR5X memory interface, holding 12 GB of memory.

The core is clocked at 1417 MHz, with 1531 MHz GPU Boost, and 10 Gbps memory, churning out 480 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The card draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, the GPU's TDP is rated at 250W. NVIDIA claims that the GTX TITAN X Pascal is up to 60 percent faster than the GTX TITAN X (Maxwell), and up to 3 times faster than the original GeForce GTX TITAN.
Thursday, July 21st 2016

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Sharkoon Announces the Shark Zone M50 Gaming Mouse

Sharkoon expands its range of peripherals and introduces a programmable mouse for gamers, which is also suitable for left-handers thanks to its symmetrical design. The Sharkoon SHARK ZONE M50 Gaming Laser Mouse, with the typical yellow cable, offers subtle yellow LED lighting and technical advantages for gamers: Avago ADNS-9800 sensor with up to 8,200 DPI plus a polling rate of 1,000 Hz and a lift-off distance from one to five millimeters. Interchangeable side panels offer individual customization for best grip and ergonomics. Omron switches in the left and right mouse buttons ensure longevity, five mouse feet offer outstanding gliding performance, and the brushed aluminium alloy bottom ensures both stability and durability. The M50 has seven total buttons, all of which are programmable, plus a precision scroll wheel. The laser mouse connects via its textile braided, yellow cable with gold-plated USB plug.

The included gaming software allows adjustments to the DPI steps, polling rate, double-click and scroll speed, angle snapping and axis sensitivity. In addition, macros can be conveniently programmed, for example, for difficult key combinations for gaming or repetitive office work. Complete gaming profiles can easily be saved in the onboard memory of the M50. Thus, even complex key sequences, including delays and mouse clicks, can be easily executed. Thanks to its internal memory, no settings are lost within the extensive gaming software.

ADATA Announces SE730, SC660, and SV620 External Solid State Drives

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of highperformance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today unveiledthe SE730, SC660, and SV620 external SSDs. The three are compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Android, thus bringing solid state storage expansion and convenience to the majority of notebooks, ultrabooks, desktops, and even media boxes and game consoles.

From the USB Type-C SE730with its IP68 dust and water proofing to the cost-effective SC660 and SV620, each offers at least four times the performance of an external mechanical drive while consuming far less power (excellent for portable device batteries), operating in total silence, and ensuring vastly better shock resistance. The drives are ideal for mobile or stationary scenarios. They use carefully-sorted and certified controllers and memory chips, undergoing rigorous ADATA testing. Likewise, PCB pr! oduction and enclosure assembly meet demanding ADATA standards, backed by a 3-year warranty. The SE730 and SV620 launch today while the SC660 will release in August.

PowerColor Announces the Radeon RX 480 RED DEVIL

TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, has released a brand new video card in PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 8GB GDDR5. It is based on AMD's latest GCN 4 architecture designed for GloFo 14nm FinFET that delivers premium VR capability, increased level of performance, smooth VR, seamless support for next-gen gaming monitors, and CPU-free game streaming or recording. Furthermore, the model also supports AMD's newest technologies such as Direct 12 and Vulkan, FreeSync, and Liquid VR.

PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 8GB GDDR5 utilizes 8GB of GDDR5 memory with 2304 stream processors, ships with 1330MHz core clock speed, and has 2000MHz memory clock speed which is connected via a new high speed 256-bit memory interface. The 6+1 multi-phases board design enhances the power efficiency and stability, and also enables ultimate performance in overclocking mode with BIOS switch. In order to achieve better thermal solution in both ultra overclocking and silent overclocking mode, PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 adopts the newest fan technology called Double Blade III which increases airflows and prevents dust deposition on fans. The Double Blade III is made with triple 80mm 2-ball bearing fans, with 2pcs of 8mm and another 2pcs of 6mm nickel- plated heat pipe for the best heat dissipation.

Super Talent Intros the Nova Series SATA-Express SSD

Super Talent introduced the Nova line of SSDs in the 9.5 mm-thick 2.5-inch form-factor, which take advantage of the PCI-Express bus, over the SFF8639 connector, which either wires out as U.2 or SATA-Express. It provides the drive with 32 Gb/s of bandwidth on machines with PCI-Express gen 3.0, which the drive pays forward with sequential read speeds of up to 3,000 MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 2,000 MB/s. The drive comes in capacities ranging between 120 GB to 1920 GB.

Phanteks Announces GeForce GTX 1080 Full Coverage Water Block

Phanteks unveiled a new full-coverage water block for reference GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards (Founders Edition), the PH-GB1080-X. The block is made of nickel-plated copper with a clear acrylic top over the coolant channel, and an opaque film linking the two ends of the acrylic top. The top features three LED mounts, from which you can insert 1 mm-dia LEDs. Available now, the block is priced at $129.99.

PNY Unveils its GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Card

PNY today unveiled its GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. Based on a custom-design PCB, the card sticks to NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 1506 MHz core, 1709 MHz GPU Boost, and 8 Gbps memory. The card features a custom aluminium fin-stack cooling solution with a pair of 70 mm fans. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. The card is expected to be priced around $279.
Wednesday, July 20th 2016

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FRAPS to Make a Comeback with Windows 10 Support

The popular frame-rate overlay, screengrab and recording utility FRAPS is set to make a comeback. The new version 3.6.0 comes with official Windows 10 support, with support for all of the utility's nifty features. FRAPS developer Beepa did not comment on when they plan to release version 3.6.0, only stating that they "hope to have it available as soon as possible," and that its development is in progress. Meanwhile we have a screenshot of a development build running on Windows 10 to chew on.


Source: OC3D

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.2 WHQL

AMD on 19th July, released a WHQL-signed version of Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.2 drivers. The company first released the RSCE 16.7.2 as a Beta on the 12th of July. The change-log of the new 16.7.2 WHQL drivers don't say exactly what is different between the 16.7.2 Beta and the 16.7.2 WHQL; so we guess it's just 16.7.2 with WHQL certification. Grab the drivers from the links below.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.2 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8.1 64-bit | Windows 8.1 32-bit | Windows 7 64-bit | Windows 7 32-bit

TechPowerUp ZALMAN Z9 NEO Giveaway: The Winners

Here are the winners of the ZALMAN Z9 NEO Giveaway, brought to you by TechPowerUp. Four lucky winners stood a chance to win a ZALMAN Z9 NEO White case, each. The Z9 NEO is an exquisite mid-tower by ZALMAN that covers all the essentials of this generation's gaming PC builds, and then some. Without further ado, the winners. A huge congratulations to you all!
The Winners:
  • Tiago from Portugal
  • Tina from the United States
  • Jan from Poland
  • Meekyung from Canada
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