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Old 12-08-14, 01:35 PM
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AMD releases the S9150 server GPU. waving about "most powerful server GPU" commences. them specifications tho.

I shall have 4 for quad fire so I can haz all the benchiz !

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Old 12-08-14, 01:51 PM
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Intel, Moore's Law Still Ticking With 14nm Broadwell Chips

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SANTA CLARA, CALIF. —Moore's Law keeps ticking along and Intel's latest batch of computer chips, processors code named Broadwell and designed for fanless systems like tablets and 2-in-1s, cram more transistors into a smaller, thinner package than ever before.

The key to Broadwell, which will first roll out in System-on-a-Chip (SoC) products dubbed Core M, is Intel's successful ramp of its next-generation 14-nanometer process technology for fabricating microprocessors. The chip giant has lagged a little bit behind its traditional, "tick-tock" pace in getting 14nm up and running, but Intel's Broadwell team on Monday announced that "Broadwell Y" parts are now being produced at volume at Intel fabs in Oregon and Arizona, with a third 14nm fab scheduled to come on line in Ireland in 2015.

Intel said the first products using Core M SoCs built by its OEM partners will arrive on shelves this holiday season. More PCs and devices using other upcoming Broadwell-based chipsets will show up throughout 2015, the company said.

Broadwell is being billed as a major step forward for Intel, and will perhaps have more impact than the typical Moore's Law-driven "tick," or die shrink, which is accomplished every couple of years in keeping with the company's product roadmap cadence.

Intel Intel 14nm Manufacturing ProcessAt Intel's campus here in the heart of Silicon Valley, the brains behind Broadwell emphasized the system-wide innovations that had to be made to get the powerful, x86-based Core microarchitecture to function in fanless designs. It has been a "multi-year journey," said Rani Borkar, a vice president in Intel's Platform Engineering Group. It's no secret that the company has struggled to compete in the consumer tablet market as ultra-thin fanless designs have relied on ultra-low power ARM chips over Intel's x86 processors.

Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst for Moor Insights & Strategy, said Broadwell could be a game-changer for Intel in the tablet and 2-in-1 market.

"Intel has really pulled it all together on 14nm. They are delivering full PC performance, day-long battery life, tablet-thin, and fanless feature sets. It was a tough journey getting there as they needed to invent things along the way, but they made it," Moorhead said.

The analyst predicted that "the biggest market impact from Intel's 14nm Broadwell will be the widespread availability of fanless 2-in-1s and tablets that are less than 9mm thin, but with full PC performance."

In fact, Intel had a Broadwell-based 2-in-1 reference design on hand Monday, which measured just 7.2mm—remarkably thin, considering it packed in a fully featured Core M chip inside, powering Windows 8.1 Professional.

So how did Intel finally get to the place where it can make Core products that run cool enough to be used in fanless slates and 2-in-1s, while also extending battery life and providing full-blown, x86-driven performance levels?

For starters, just by shrinking down and further optimizing its second-generation Tri-Gate (FinFET) transistors from the previous generation of 22nm chips known as Haswell, Intel was able to reduce the power draw of its Broadwell processors by 25 percent while providing the same performance as Haswell.

But Intel Fellow Stephan Jourdan, director of system-on-chip architecture in the company's Platform Engineering Group, explained that his team didn't stop there. Intel was also able to attain a 10 percent power reduction from 22nm designs by aggressively reducing leakage, as well as another 20 percent reduction via other design optimizations and reduced variation in Broadwell processors.

Intel 14nm Manufacturing ProcessThe next-generation SoCs were also optimized for low-voltage performance and an extremely low idle power draw—to the tune of a 10 percent improvement over the Haswell generation.

The new process technology is Intel's second go-round at Tri-Gate, meaning the chip giant will be shipping its second generation of chips using three-dimensional FinFET transistors while its competition is still producing processors using traditional, planar transistors, Intel Senior Fellow Mark Bohr said.

The improvements Intel made to its Tri-Gate process, changes that provide a considerable boost the performance-per-watt of Broadwell chips, are complex. Bohr explained that in simple terms, Intel made the "fins" of its second-generation Tri-Gate transistors taller but skinnier, while reducing the space between them and shrinking the circuitry in its on-chip memory cells as well.

"There are three possible benefits you get from scaling transistors and improving them. You can get higher performance, you can get a reduction of active power, but the key benefit is better performance per watt," Bohr said.

The end result for Intel is the new Core M lineup of SoCs, which come in a processor package that's significantly smaller in area and height than the Haswell chips it succeeds.

Intel also made it clear that it sees the projections for smaller and cheaper transistors enshrined in Moore's Law as holding up for several more process technology generations. That confidence and Intel's development of chips capable of supporting various new user interfaces were "the big takeaways for me," said Tim Bajarin, principal analyst for Creative Strategies.

"Moore's law is alive and well and could be extended at least another decade," Bajarin said. "I talked to Intel Chairman Andy Bryant and he says that they are already working on 10nm and could extend this [FinFET technology] to 7nm and 5nm in the future."

"The result of these new chips will be that they will be much more powerful and yet still allow for serious innovation in mobile designs," he continued. "Also, while touch, mice, and trackpads drive the UIs of today, the future UIs will be voice, gesture, 3D modeling, and AI, driven even in mobile devices and that will require a lot more processing power in the future."
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Old 13-08-14, 11:50 AM
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DayZ is coming to consoles.

Low end AMD apu and DayZ? what a giggle.
"When we were considering console versions, we were acutely aware of how important the PC version is to us," Hall said on-stage. "We didn't want to just port DayZ, but to develop the game to each platform's strengths. Commitment to the Playstation 4 version has given us cause to expand the parameters of the overall project, providing benefit to the existing PC early access."

Hall pointed to the provision of 64-bit servers as one such example of the increased scope of the project, and also announced a visual overhaul. "We're now committed to developing an entirely new cross-platform renderer to bring amazing new visuals to the game," he said. "Through an adaptable approach and development environment, this addition will allow not only Playstation 4 owners to get into DayZ, but it will improve all DayZ player experiences."
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Old 15-08-14, 12:13 AM
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Ok eagle eyed X99 peeps, some tasty looking DDR4 Dominator Platinums?? Yes!

16GB 2800Mhz Kit $539.99
16GB 2666Mhz Kit $479.99

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Old 15-08-14, 10:00 AM
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New Windows 8.1 Update on Tuesday is causing PCs to no longer boot.

The following updates are the cause of the issue so if possible remove them.


The problem seems to begin after you have rebooted twice after updating the lastest releases.

Users can perform a system restore to solve this but for those who have this disabled may suffer most.
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Old 15-08-14, 11:34 AM
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Corsair Link Commander Mini

While desperately searching for a new Corsair Link Commander unit after my old one appeared unrepairable, I stumbled upon this:

A new "Link Commander Mini" being released after the old Link Commander was EOL-ed. Good news for everyone still wanting to use the Link system. Unfortunately the article doesn't mention a release date.
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Old 15-08-14, 04:19 PM
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AMD to slash cpu pricing

AMD are cutting the FX's RRP in September. You'll be able to pick up a 9590 for £175, which is pretty decent considering if those 8 cores are used it'll be significantly faster. Still, the cooling won't be cheap and you'll need to spend to get a motherboard that supports it.

the 6300 will be £70 as well, which is actually a good deal. Its not a bad cpu.

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An interesting rumour/speculation on Nvidia's up&coming gm200 series chip [Titan]with possible release date before the fall of 2014.

WCCF Tech speculation on GM200 series

Really interested to see if AMD can respond or release fiji/bemunda based graphics cards to pip nvidia. (A slap in the face maybe for Titan Z farce!) Still more info is needed before digging/comparison into true next gen GPU hardware
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Old 19-08-14, 06:02 AM
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Forget Curved Tv's LG Has Curved Monitors

All the hype in the TV industry has centred around curved panels for the last few years. Isn't it about time that the immersive screen tech trickled-down to monitors? LG thinks so, and as a result, it will be bringing a curved monitor to this year's IFA tech conference in Berlin.

That's right, LG is making monitors bendy with a new, curved, 34-inch monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG says it's designed for "professional users and home entertainment enthusiasts". Ok then.

The new curved monitor will pack in a don't-call-it-4K qHD resolution of 3440x1440, and will also support Thunderbolt 2 for data transfer speeds that will make you weep. It's also carrying a 7W stereo speaker system just in case you need that sort of thing.

But wait, there's more.

LG will also be debuting its new gaming monitor at the annual European tech conference.

The new LG 24GM77 gaming monitor will feature a fast 144Hz refresh rate for a smoother visual experience in fast-paced games, and a gaming mode that LG dubs Dynamic Action Sync. Dynamic Action Sync promises to cut input lag enabling a smoother experience in fast-paced scenes.

It's interesting that LG has decided to invent its own smoothing mode and not go with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology designed to eliminate screen tearing for gamers. Mind you, G-Sync is good for smoothing out 60Hz-100Hz monitors. LG's new monitor supports a 144Hz refresh rate, which means that tearing and jagged graphics aren't going to be a massive issue. We'll have to see what the new Dynamic Action Sync is like when we go eyes-on in September.

The new gaming monitor will also include a "Black Stabiliser" for a consistent black level across different game modes, as well as other customised presets tied to a monitor-bound hotkey.
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Old 19-08-14, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
Dream monitor right there :O
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