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Old 01-08-14, 02:07 AM
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Also I think I read somewhere that the GTX980M is now set for release too in October.

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Old 02-08-14, 08:27 AM
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Steamroller based Athlon
The new processors are aimed at the FM2+ and AM3+ platforms, the Athlon chip will be the fastest Athlon series processor in AMD’s lineup while the FX-8300 is a 95W chip with a sub-$150 price. Just yesterday, we also revealed that AMD has two other Athlon processors which have been listed are the Athlon X4 840 and Athlon X2 450.The Athlon X4 840 is a quad core processor featuring a 3.4 GHz clock speed, 2 MB L2 cache, 95W TDP while the Athlon X2 450 is a dual core steamroller based processor of which details are not known at the moment.
The AMD Athlon X4 860K processor codenamed as the Athlon X4 860K “AD860KXBI44JAA” will be the flagship part replacing the Athlon X4 760K from last year. The steamroller based Quad Core chip features four threads, 3.7 GHz clock speed, 2 MB L2 cache and a 95W TDP. The boost clock is not known but considering the A10-7850K which is also a 3.7 GHz clocked chip jumps to 4.0 GHz in boost mode, we can see a similar boost clock for the Athlon X4 860K.

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Old 02-08-14, 08:33 AM
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At least they changed the title of that article. That had it written in quite a mis-leading way indicating that there was a Steamroller FX-8370 on the way, when it's just an FX-8350 with slightly higher clocks.

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Old 02-08-14, 11:36 AM
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Great find Tripp, found their source and made it FP. I hate linking to Wccftech, they lie far too often.

The Athlon 860K could be a great budget gamer is the price is right.
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Old 02-08-14, 11:55 AM
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Great find Tripp, found their source and made it FP. I hate linking to Wccftech, they lie far too often.

The Athlon 860K could be a great budget gamer is the price is right.
Thanks buddy, i know what you mean about that website though. This is definitely note worthy stuff
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Old 05-08-14, 10:13 AM
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Gigabyte have confirmed the Nvidia GTX880 will release next month.


1 card coming from Gigabyte is a "G1.Gamer" which will apparently have a cooler on it that can cool up to 650w, of heat safely.

No specs as of yet confirmed from the looks of it or pricing.

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Old 06-08-14, 11:45 PM
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Info for Iphone fans

With the latest report stating Apple's long-awaited new iPhones will be unveiled on September 9, the speculation machine has kicked up a gear and everyone is wondering what we'll see when Tim Cook pulls back the curtain.

While nothing is certain, months of rumours have painted a fairly reliable picture of not one, but two bigger, prettier iPhones. So here are the answers to some common questions surrounding what to expect.

Why are people so sure there'll be a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch screen size?

Since Japanese newspaper Famitsu first reported the two screen sizes in March - citing a source at a local display manufacturer - the figures have shown up in virtually every iPhone 6 rumour. The original report said the release could be staggered, with the larger 5.5-inch model being released after its smaller brother. Subsequent reports have echoed this.

It's not like Apple to announce a device without immediate launch plans, but reports of manufacturing issues for the 5.5-inch iPhone could also be a factor in a staggered launch. The larger displays also make sense given their huge popularity in Asian markets and almost standard five-inch to 5.5-inch screens of Android phones. The iPhone 5 screen is only four inches.

So when will I be able to get the iPhone 6?

Assuming Apple takes the same approach as last time, an iPhone announced on September 9 will be available 10 days later, on September 19.

Will it be called the iPhone 6?

It seems likely given the company's recent naming conventions, with major revisions earning a new number (iPhone 4, iPhone 5) and smaller refinements or offshoots getting a letter (iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S ).

What hardware improvements are we likely to see?

Famitsu's original report said the iPhone 6 screen would be "significantly" higher in resolution than that of the iPhone 5S (which is 1136 x 640). This makes sense if the screen is larger and Apple wants to maintain its trademark "retina display" pixel density. A resolution of 1704 x 960 would be needed to give a 5.5-inch screen roughly the same pixel density of an iPhone 5, so expect that at least.

A better battery is almost a no-brainer. One report from AppleInsider claims new battery technology will allow the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to achieve a 15 per cent improvement in performance over the iPhone 5S. Anyone wishing for a heavier 2500 mAh battery or a swappable battery, both features of Samsung's Galaxy S5, are likely to be disappointed as various sources point to the new iPhone being slimmer and sleeker than the last.

Expect obligatory improvements to the camera, processor and possibly the speakers as well, and don't be surprised if Apple finally makes the leap to including a near-field communication (NFC) chip on its phone to allow for mobile payments.

What about software?

You've already heard all about iOS 8, which will be launching with the new phones. Expect to hear more about health initiatives, connected-home features and what, if anything, has come of Apple's purchase of headphone brand Beats.

Will the new phone be hardier than previous iPhones?

One of the most persistent rumours has been that iPhone 6 will be covered in near-indestructible sapphire glass. Several online videos purported to show users bending, stabbing, scratching and hitting these displays to prove their worth. However while sapphire will still be used for the camera lens and home button, analysts recently said there had not been enough sapphire glass in the manufacturing supply chain to indicate the phone will be covered in it.

Some are adamant at least one of the iPhone models will use a full sapphire glass screen which, taken with the rumours about one phone releasing after the other, could point to a regular 4.7-inch iPhone followed by a premium, 5.5-inch, indestructible iPhone.

Will we see the iWatch on September 9?

Unlikely. If Apple is indeed having an iPhone event on September 9 (and if the past is any indication) they'll keep it focused on iPhones.
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Old 11-08-14, 09:08 PM
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Nvidia GTX 870 Specs and Benches Leaked

Guess we'll be waiting for the real 780 Ti successor for a while yet.

Sourced from http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-g...#ixzz3A6K1QQvs

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870 “Maxwell” Specifications Analysis – 13 SMM Units With 2nd Generation 1644 CUDA Cores, Performance
The specifications of NVIDIA’s upcoming Maxwell based GeForce GTX 870 have been leaked Coolaler and we already covered the basic details of the card in another article which can be seen here. The NVIDIA Maxwell based GeForce GTX 870 graphics card is one of the three SKUs arriving to consumers in the upcoming months (September and October).GeForce GTX 870 / GeForce GTX 880 MakeUp

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870 “Maxwell” Specifications Analysis

Last time, I did the analysis of the leaked GeForce GTX 880 PCB which was in engineering state and found out some intriguing details such as the 256-Bit memory bus, the GM204 chip being larger than GK104 while being based on the current 28nm process node. We didn’t get to see any specifications of the card itself aside from a few details we were able to gather from the pictures. Today, we have a different sort of leak in the form of a screenshot which shows the GPU-z program running parallel to a 3DMark 11 score of an unknown graphics card.
The leaker from the main source has mentioned that the graphics card in question is NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 870 which is the skimmed down variant of the GeForce GTX 880 graphics which will be available to consumers in the upcoming months. The GeForce GTX 870 boasts the second generation Maxwell architecture and will feature the GM204 core architecture which will become the foundation of the flagship GeForce GTX 880 too. The GeForce GTX 860 is also expected to launch in Q4 2014 but it isn’t expected whether the card will feature GM204 core or the GM206 core but let’s forget that for a moment and focus on the details we have in hands.
The GeForce GTX 870 has the Device Id “NVIDIA D17U-20″ and the GPU Id for the graphics core is 13C2. We have our own speculation regarding that but before we get into that, let’s denote the entire specifications listed on the GPU-z panel. The GM204 SKU featured on the GeForce GTx 870 fuses 1664 CUDA Cores on the die along with 32 ROPs and 138 TMUs. From the first generation Maxwell core architecture, we learned that a Maxwell SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) unit has 128 cores compared to 192 on the current generation Kepler SMX units. Along with that, we have a 4 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 256-Bit memory interface clocked at 1753 MHz (7.00 GHz Effective) which pumps out 224.4 GB/s bandwidth. The core clock is maintained at 1051 MHz and 1178 MHz boost clock something which I was expecting if the cards were to be able to take on the GK110 core based graphics cards. Lastly, we have the fill rate numbers which amount to 33.6 GPixels/s Pixel and 145.0 GTexels/s Texture fill rates.
Now as you may remember, the first generation Maxwell core architecture which is featured on the GM107 GPU has 2 times the performance per watt and the CUDA Cores, even though lower amount to more performance that is rated at 135% of the past generation. The key word here is first generation, since NVIDIA just previewed what their Maxwell architecture is capable of and having ample time for optimizing and enhancing the architecture, I expect to see better numbers being rated at 145-150% and we can see more power efficiency on the new cards. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti which is NVIDIA’s entry level Maxwell offering is rated at 64W and comes with splendid performance for its wattage. Considering the updated design, I think there’s no doubt that NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870 will be able to trump the GeForce GTX 780 in performance (although not by a big margin).

The GPU name is also interesting since 13C2 could probably mean 13 SMM units which are featured on the GPU which makes us think about the GeForce GTX 880. With a SMM or two in place, we can see the GeForce GTX 880 include 1792 or 1920 cores which although lower than the GK110 based cards is reasonably higher than what was featured on the GK104 chips and with the performance per core leverage, we can see the GeForce GTX 880 right next to the GeForce GTX 780 Ti in performance numbers. The GM200 is still far away from launch and is expected next year but that just gives a glimpse of what to expect from the daddy core which can easily topple the flagship chips.

The core count and configuration for the GeForce GTX 880 looks around right since looking at the trend in the table provided below, you can note that the skimmed down *70 graphics card has generally one or two SM units disabled. The GK110 is the only chip in the line which has more chips disabled but that is due to the extended lineup due to which we had several cards in this line aka GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX Titan, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX Titan Black (all of which are configured around the same core). In case there will be a higher SM units SKU, then NVIDIA will most definitely launch it as a Ti part as was rumored by a few sources a while back. If there are more disabled SMMs, then NVIDIA will launch them as a different card rather than releasing a 4 SMM disabled part
The 4 GB GDDR5 route seems to be the reference route for NVIDIA this time around moving onwards from a 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM configuration on several Kepler cards. The chips will still be configured around a 256-Bit bus but this just seems to be the route for graphics makers these days considering AMD is going this route with their next performance chip, codenamed Tonga (Radeon R9 285) which is considered faster than the Tahiti but has a 256-Bit memory bus compared to 384-Bit on Tahiti based Radeon R9 280 series.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870 Leaked Performance Numbers:

The performance numbers of the GeForce GTX 870 are interesting considering they are really close to the GeForce GTX 780. The card was tested with a Intel Core i7-4820K CPU and is currently a test sample so final performance updates and drivers are not in place considering the GPU-z couldn’t even recognize the card properly until the database is updated. In the 3DMark 11 Performance and Extreme modes, the GeForce GTX 870 was able to score P11919 points and X4625 marks respectively. A GeForce GTX 780 on the other hand on average scores around X4500 points and P12000 points. With the GeForce GTX 870 still optimized and without any sort of official drivers, I say these numbers are good considering this card will retail at $349 US and get you performance on par or better than a card based on a flagship chip from current generation.

NVIDIA Maxwell GM107 Architecture

The NVIDIA Maxwell GM107 architecture is most clearly built from scratch yet looks like an hybrid of both Kepler and Fermi. The SMM or Streaming Multiprocessor of Maxwell will replace the SMX of Kepler and each of the smm are assembled into four blocks yet are defined as part of a single SMM which means the core architecture has got quite dense with Maxwell. Each of these blocks hold 32 CUDA cores so a single SMM with four of these operation units results in 128 CUDA cores. The SMM has 128 CUDA cores compared to 192 CUDA cores on the SMX.
The GM107 GPC ‘Graphics Processing Cluster’ consists of five of these streaming multiprocessors which are connected to a Raster Engine. Each SMM consists of Polymorph Engine 2.0 which includes the Vertex Fetch, Tessellator, Viewport transform, attribute setup and stream output. Each SMM has 8 texture mapping units which equates to 40 on the whole chip and 16 ROPs while connected to two 64-bit memory controllers.
There’s also a handful of cache on Maxwell which is 2 MB in total compared to 256 KB on Kepler GK107 which reduces GPU queuing. IPCC has been increased on the GPU core and balancing improvement to workload has been done. NVIDIA has improved their H.264 encoding and decoding with NVENC on Maxwell so that would result in better performance in ShadowPlay technology and improved sleep states have been implemented to reduce power input while the GPU is running idle. All of this is packed in a die which measures 148mm2 which means transistor density has been upped by 15% on the same 28nm process design.

NVIDIA GM200.GM210 (Maxwell Architecture, High-Performance for Telsa/Quadro Arrives later for Cosnumers, Successor of GK110)
NVIDIA GM204 (Maxwell Architecture, High-End Consumer, Successor of GK104, First GeForce 800 Series Products likely to feature)
NVIDIA GM206 (Maxwell Architecture, Performance Minded, Successor of GK206, Mid-Range GeForce 800 Series products to feature)
NVIDIA GM107/207 (Maxwell Architecture, Entry Level, Successor of GK107, Entry Level GeForce 800/700 Series To feature, Already introduced on GTX 750 Ti / GTX 750)

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Old 12-08-14, 12:57 PM
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the next tomb raider is supposedly going to be an xbone exclusive:

Wow! Microsoft just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, announced earlier this year at E3, will be an Xbox exclusive out holiday 2015.
Rise of the Tomb Raider, developed by Crystal Dynamics, will be a sequel to last year's Tomb Raider reboot. Publisher Square Enix announced the game at this year's Xbox E3 conference (trailer below), but we all kinda assumed that it'd be a multiplatform game. We assumed WRONG.
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AMD releases the S9150 server GPU. waving about "most powerful server GPU" commences. them specifications tho.
AMD FirePro™ S9150 server card delivers up to 2.53 TFLOPS of peak double-precision floating point performance for intense compute workloads, and 10.8 GFLOPS double precision-per-watt, up to 77% more performance/watt than the competition1
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​AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD FirePro™ S9150 server card – the most powerful server Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) ever built for High Performance Computing1. Based on the AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the first AMD architecture designed specifically with compute workloads in mind, the AMD FirePro S9150 server card is the first to support enhanced double precision and break the 2.0 TFLOPS double precision barrier1,2. With 16GB of GDDR5 memory – 33 percent more than the competition3 – and maximum power consumption of 235 watts, AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs provide supercomputers with massive compute performance while maximizing available power budgets.
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