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Posted: September 24, 2013 12:23PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
Intel has been the biggest chip maker for many years now, but that seems to have changed. TSMC, the chip manufacturer for NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and AMD amongst others, has now surpassed Intel as the world's largest chip maker. In the second quarter of 2013, TSMC has sold $11.98 billion worth of semiconductors, while Intel has "only" sold for $11.79 billion. To further this lead, TSMC is preparing its four 8 inch wafer plants to meet the demands of the emerging wearable device market, such as Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smart watch. The data comes from market research firm IC Insights, who also states that the global semiconductor market is estimated to be worth $271 billion this year, and wafer foundries will account for more than 16 percent of that.
Intel has not gone in the defensive position though, as the chip maker is making its way into handheld devices with its new Bay Trail T chips. And TSMC might be ahead in chip sales, but Intel is still the big brother with a full year revenue of $53.3 billion against TSMC's full year revenue of $17.1 billion.
Posted: July 29, 2013 09:28AM
Depending on how you feel about Apple's role in the technology industry, a potentially major decision has been made to help or hurt the industry. My own belief is that this helps the industry. As reported by PCWorld, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rejected Apple's claim to a patent on 'pinch-to-zoom.'
This patent was one of those Apple brought Samsung to trial for, which ultimately saw Apple winning, but is now the second of those patents the USPTO has decided to invalidate. The first being the 'overscroll-bounce' patent. The reason for this decision is that its 21 claims could be anticipated from previous patents or are simply unpatentable.
The fallout of this decision is hard to predict at the moment, especially as Apple has multiple avenues to appeal the decision, which could lead to the decision being reversed and the patent being verified. For the time being though, you can be certain that Samsung lawyers are drafting arguments for why the damages they are supposed to pay to Apple should be lessened after the trial last August.
Posted: July 9, 2013 12:16PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
Currently ARM processors are limited to 2.3 GHz due to the size of the manufacturing node, which is currently at 28 nm. This can be seen in both the Snapdragon 800 and the Tegra 4i, both of which are scheduled to arrive in late 2013 or early 2014.
The good news for ARM, and the consumers, is that TSMC and GlobalFoundries plan to move to a manufacturing node of only 20 nm, which, according to TSMC, will allow for a 30 percent higher speed, while requiring 25 percent less power. This improvement will bring the ARM SoCs to about 3 GHz, while the amount of transistors will be greatly increased as well. The increased amount of transistors is supposed to be primarily used for graphics. 25 percent reduction in power consumption will also be a welcome improvement, since it will help reduce one of the biggest problems amongst mobile units, namely the battery life.
These improvements will help ARM defend the company's market share in the smartphone and tablet market, both of which Intel and AMD are trying to penetrate. Intel hopes to move to 14 nm by the end of 2014 and AMD might do the same, if GlobalFoundries manages to keep its promise about moving to 14 nm by the end of 2014.
Posted: June 13, 2013 01:02PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
Club3D might not be the best known hardware company, but it has 16 years of experience none the less, when it comes to manufacturing graphic cards. The company has manufactured cards with both NVIDIA and AMD chips on them for many years, but the company has now decided that it will focus on AMD's chips only. The reason for parting with NVIDIA is unknown, although rumors say that NVIDIA is currently trying to decrease the number of add-in boards.
AMD is, according to Judith Ma Tseng, CEO at Club3D, able to deliver a complete solution to the customers. Tseng believes that "[Club3D] can offer a better solution going forward wth AMD alone."
The Director of Desktop Product management at AMD Graphics, Zvika Greenstein, is confident that Club3D made the right decision, because "with products like the Radeon HD 7990 Dual GPU, Club3D has a long-standing reputation for delighting enthusiasts with spectacular products based on AMD Radeon™ graphics chips". He also takes the decision as "a powerful acknowledgement of [AMD's] leadership in graphics space".
Posted: June 12, 2013 07:26PM
Antec, one of the leading manufacturers of many computer products, announced several new items during the recently ended Computex trade show. The company is releasing several new cases, power supplies, and Bluetooth speakers, as well as updating its Kühler line of liquid CPU coolers. For the gamers, Antec has the new Nineteen Hundred, which is described as a "super gaming tower." There's also the P100 performance case that should continue the legacy of the other Performance One series cases (like the P183). On the power supply side, Antec is introducing its new High Curent Pro Platinum PSUs that feature OC Link technology and Grid, which is a piece of software providing real-time display, control, and alarm functions. The Bluetooth speakers include the SP3, SP1 Zero, and SP1 Plus for users needing more sound while out and about.
Its Kühler liquid CPU cooler line is being updated with three new models: the Kühler H2O 650, 950, and 1250. The 650 features an extra large pump to help with coolant circulation so your CPU gets cooled down faster. There's also a powerful fan to make sure air gets through the radiator easier. Plus there's the RGB LED that's controlled by firmware to let you know the temperature, as well as the universal mounting bracket to attach to both AMD and Intel CPUs. The 950 doubles the height of the 650 and adds two PWM fans controlled by Antec GRID software. Then there's the Kühler 1250, which features a 240mm design and two cooling pumps to ensure even the hottest CPUs are kept in line. Its fans are also controlled the Antec GRID.
Expect all of these Antec products to be available soon, with the Kühler H2O 650, 950, and 1250 arriving in the third quarter of this year.
Source: Press Release
Posted: June 3, 2013 08:09PM
With the recent releases of NVIDIA's GeForce 700 series of GPUs and Intel's Haswell platform, gamers have some new, powerful hardware to start playing with. MSI has recently updated its GT and GE models of gaming laptops with the newer hardware, to give gamers the best experience currently available.
Intel's 4th Generation Core processors were designed for graphics and are able to push 4K video, while still doubling battery life. Of course sometimes you will need more graphics power than Intel can offer, so the G Series of laptops will also include a GTX 765M, 770M, or 780M GPU. These GPUs currently represent some of the most powerful mobile graphics solutions available.
Rounding it out, the some of the laptops feature MSI's Killer DoubleShot technology for lag-less wired and wireless gaming and up to 32 GB of DDR3 RAM. Also the RAID storage system for some models has grown to include three SSDs, to deliver over 1500 MB/s of speed.
Source: Press Release
Posted: May 31, 2013 01:36PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
NVIDIA is getting ready for Intel's Haswell launch by expanding its lineup of mobile GPUs with four new higher end GPUs: the GTX 780M, 770M, 765M, and 760M. They are all based on the 28 nm Kepler architecture; however, it is only the GTX 780M that will be based on the GK104 GPU with 1536 CUDA cores. The other three cards are based on the GK106 GPU with 960 and 768 CUDA cores.
The GTX 780M offers some very impressive specifications with a GPU clock of 823 MHz and 4 GB of GDDR5 clocked at 5 GHz, which combined with a 256-bit memory interface gives 160 GB/s of memory bandwidth. According to NVIDIA, all this should make the GTX 780M able to play all the latest titles, such as Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, and Battlefield 3, at 1920x1080 resolutions with ultra settings.
The fastest of the three GK106 GPUs, the GTX 770M, sports 960 CUDA cores clocked at 811 MHz and 3 GB of GDDR5 memory with a clock set to 4 GHz paired up with a 192-bit memory interface for 96GB/s of memory bandwidth. The GTX 765M and 760M both have 768 CUDA cores, plus 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4 GHz on a 128-bit memory interface, giving it 64 GB/s of memory bandwidth. What sets them apart is the core clock. The GTX 765 has a core clock of 850 MHz, whereas the GTX 760 has a core clock of 657 MHz.
All the GPUs will feature NVIDIA's GPU Boost 2.0 technology and support NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching technology, which helps prolong the battery life when the dedicated GPU isn't needed.
Posted: May 29, 2013 08:45PM
ECS, like so many other companies, is going to be at Computex showing off plenty of new gear that's sure to interest many computer users, especially gamers and overclockers. As such, ECS has announced its new Durathon technology and L337 gaming motherboard series, along with some other items. The Durathon technology is a new certificate that goes beyond industrial standards and guarantees a long life and exceptional performance. It's being factored into all upcoming ECS motherboards, and should ensure your motherboard is running strong long after all your other gear has been replaced. The L337 gaming motherboard series is designed to "turn gamers' wants, needs, and dreams into reality." Expect more on both of these as Computex gets started next week.
Those aren't the only things ECS is going to have on hand at Computex, as it's going to be showing some all-in-one systems that have interchangeable Mini-ITX motherboards, Ultrabooks packed with touchscreens, and even a 10.1" tablet running Android 4.04 and powered by an Intel Atom Z2640 (Medfield) processor.
Source: Press Release
Posted: May 7, 2013 10:29AM
Author: Tobias Thydal
Intel has announced its new Silvermont architecture, which is going to improve the Atom line significantly. The new architecture will be based on Intel's 22 nm 3D Tri-Gate SoC, which is faster while using less power than the current generation. Intel claims that Silvermont will deliver up to three times more peak performance or about the same performance as the current generation using only 20% of the power. The new architecture allows for a new out-of-order execution engine, a multi-core and system fabric architecture that is scalable up to eight cores, new IA instructions, and improved power management capabilities, such as low power C states.
Intel foresees that these chips will be used in various applications, such as smartphones, microservers, tablets, entry level laptops, and network infrastructure. Release dates of some of the CPUs based on Silvermont have been announced:
- Baytrail: Quad-core processor for tablets - holiday 2013
- Merrifield: Smartphone processor - by the end of 2013
- Avoton: Microserver chip - second half of 2013
- Rangeley: Routers and other networking gear - second half of 2013
The success of these chips are crucial for how well Intel will do in the growing mobile market. ARM has been dominating the market for quite a while, and other competitors are trying to get their market share as well. Intel needs to get some results soon, if it wants to have a say in the future of mobile computing.
Posted: May 7, 2013 09:06AM
Author: Tobias Thydal
Good news for those who seek to buy the new Xbox 720, since it will not require an always-on connection as was previously rumored. It is supposedly not necessary to have a connection when playing games, watching Blu-ray movies, and streaming live television. It is still a rumor, but the information is said to be originating from an email that was sent to all full time members of the Xbox 720 team.
What is interesting is that Microsoft will implement Blu-ray support, since it originally betted its money on HD-DVD with the Xbox 360. Instead of developing a new type of high-capacity disc standard like Nintendo did with Wii U, Microsoft has chosen to adopt the competitor's standard. That decision is probably slightly forced due to the widespread use of Blu-rays, and because it allows the Xbox 720 to be used as an HTPC, when combined with the new cable television packages offered through Microsoft's new partners Comcast and Verizon.
Official details about the Xbox 720 will be revealed May 21, when Microsoft will uncover all the mysteries about the console.
Posted: May 1, 2013 01:29PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
Do you need a laptop for field research, is it necessary for your survival that you have a laptop with you on camping, or are you just generally clumsy and need a durable laptop? If you answered "yes" to any of the questions, then Getac has got you covered. Its new X500 Rugged Server is, according to Getac, certified to military specifications for operation in extreme conditions, so it should be able to handle pretty much anything you throw at it.
The X500 Rugged Server is approximately the same size as a briefcase, which might refrain some from calling it a laptop, but everything is relative. It sports a 15.6 inch display, a Core i7 820QM, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GT 330M, 500GB of SATA storage, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB/eSATA combo port, dual GbE LAN ports, and 802.11n WiFi. The laptop also supports up to five shock-protected hard drives that are replaceable via two quick access doors. The drives are managed by a built-in RAID controller board.
So if you have some extreme demands for your laptop, then the X500 Rugged Server might just be your thing. All you need to do is request a quote from Getac, and you should be able to buy one now.
Source: Maximum PC
Posted: May 1, 2013 12:46PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
There has been a rumor about Corsair being bought by Francisco Partners, a private equity firm; however, that rumor has now been dismissed by Corsair. Corsair told Maximum PC that the rumor is inaccurate, but the company is instead looking for investments. Corsair sent a FAQ to Maximum PC, which explains that "we would like to make more acquisitions and this requires outside investment." Corsair tried to acquire the needed funding through public funding, but that idea was discarded. Corsair estimated that the company would not be able to obtain the required funding using that method, since it is selling to niche markets, which limits the amount of people interested in buying shares. Instead Francisco Partners offered the needed funding in exchange for a share of the company. Despite Francisco Partners obtaining part of Corsair, the hardware company will still operate the way it always has. The newly obtained funding will be used to purchase small, less well-run companies that produce technology Corsair can benefit from to ensure continuous growth and an ever expanding product catalogue.
The investment is going to be approximately $75 million and it is expected to happen during the next few weeks.
Source: Maximum PC
Posted: April 22, 2013 11:25AM
Author: Tobias Thydal
Apple's Macbook Air has finally been dethroned as the lightest and thinnest laptop. A small Taiwanese computer maker called Inhon has recently announced its Blade 13 Carbon laptop that weighs only 870g, which is close to 200g lighter than Macbook Air. The thickness is only 10.7mm, making it a massive 2mm slimmer than its closest competitor. It features a 1080p display, either an i5 or an i7 cpu, up to 256GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM. A cheaper fiberglass version at 12.6mm and 1,195g will also be released. The resolution also goes down on the cheaper version with only 1600x900 pixels. The price for the cheaper version is estimated at around $1,000.
It'll be released in Taiwan in June though no release date for the US market is known. According to Engadget it will be priced at around $1,350, which means it will be able to compete with MacBook Air, so hopefully it'll ship to other continents later this year.
Posted: March 5, 2013 12:06PM
Texas Instruments has agreed to provide ARM-based SoCs (System-on-Chips) to Hewlett-Packard as part of its plans to build low-power servers. The chips will be based around quad-core ARM Cortex A15 processors, and will include cores dedicated to particular tasks such as network processing and I/O. HP hopes that support from Texas will allow them to construct a new standard of low-power servers aimed at cloud and telecommunications networks.
HP is not the only server vendor that is experimenting with ARM-based servers, companies such as Dell are also working on bringing ARM technology into the server market. Chip manufacturer AMD has also expressed an interest in building ARM-based server chips, despite the current market being dominated by standard x86 processors. One of the reasons for this is that the x86 architecture is much better at handling database and similar tasks, while ARM chips are better at handling large volumes of search requests.
Posted: January 31, 2013 01:02PM
Due to amendments to EU electrical safety regulations, sales of the Mac Pro in Europe are to stop on March 1st, according to Mac fan site Macworld. The standard IEC 609501 was revised in December 2011, but only comes into effect at the beginning of March, which directly affects sale of the Mac Pro. This is due to the power provided to the system I/O ports as well as the placement of the product fan guards.
The current version of the product, however, has not had a revision since 2010, so it is likely that a new Mac Pro will emerge soon afterwards. Apple CEO Tim Cook also stated that Apple is working on the successor to the popular desktop in 2012, who also stated that the product would be released sometime in 2013.
Posted: January 25, 2013 01:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Acer is planning to change things up and begin to increase focus on creating products that are "beyond the PC." The company will close down the eMachines division while refocusing the Gateway and Packard Bell divisions. Acer acquired all three companies in 2007 as part of its purchase of Gateway for $710 million. Some possible new products for Gateway and Packard Bell include tablets, smart TVs, and media streaming boxes. Acer spokeswoman Lisa Emard said, "As computing devices are used in new ways, both on the go and throughout the home, Gateway and Packard Bell will adapt their product portfolios to meet these needs."
Posted: December 11, 2012 02:48PM
A firmware update has been released to correct a number of display flickering issues that arose in late November on many Apple Mac Mini devices. The problem was initially blamed on faulty Intel HD4000 graphics drivers. Intel made a statement on the issue that sparked a number of rumors that the issue was driver-based. Since then, Apple has released a firmware update that has resolved the display flickering issue on these devices.
The issue is said to have only affected a small number of machines but only occurred when they were connected to an HDMI output as DisplayPort outputs were unaffected. All users still experiencing the issue simply need to download the update through the 'Software Update' dialog, and the system will automatically install it and reboot the system. For those who wish to manually install the update, a download is available through the Support section of the Apple site.
Posted: November 29, 2012 04:50PM
OCZ has been struggling a little of late, especially after it announced a reorganization plan earlier this month. Now, things may start to get back to normal, as OCZ has found more NAND suppliers after an unexpected shortage caused its shares to plummet 60%. The new suppliers had a positive effect on the shares price, as it rose 30% soon after the announcement. New CEO Ralph Schmitt is pleased with the new suppliers since he said OCZ was "overly reliant" on one, and hopes things can rebound for the company. He also said OCZ has no plans to sell but is "always open" to "strategic alternatives," which could possibly mean a partnership of some kind or just that the company is always listening to its options. In any case, hopefully the new suppliers help OCZ return to profitability.
Posted: November 14, 2012 09:59AM
Author: Marko Jurac
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has enlisted the aid of JPMorgan Chase & Co. for financial advice as it struggles with chip sales in an ever changing martket more geared towards mobile computing. In the last year, AMD's shares have fallen over 60 percent with a current market cap of $1.4 billon. Long term debt and captial lease contracts have AMD owing some $2 billon to banks. Since the recent rush in mobile, AMD has had trouble in the last few years trying to keep up with names like Intel and ARM, which produce cheaper and more power efficent chips in a PC market now surging with an emphasis on mobile. AMD reported last month it would slash the workforce by 15 percent in an effort to refocus resources towards areas like communications, industrial and gaming hardware. Goldman Sachs analyst Jame Covello recented reported to clients that chances on AMD liqudating the PC processor divison were between 15 and 30 percent. AMD's current target market cap is $1.1 billion due to the company's decreasing size.
Posted: November 12, 2012 05:00PM
Author: Leo Ohayon
MSI's GX60 gaming notebook with an AMD A10 APU and HD 7970M GPU was first announced in September. MSI fully unveiled its upcoming machine but kept the price and release date a secret. MSI claims it to be the "only high-end gaming laptop in the world to support three-monitor output" and boasts that it has "the best performance-to-cost ratio of any high-end gaming notebook." The wait is over, as MSI has started shipping out the laptops, which start at $1,300.
The GX60 weighs 8.6 pounds and has a 15.6" 1920x1080 anti-reflective LCD. It's powered by an AMD A10 quad-core CPU (2.3-3.2 GHz), AMD Radeon HD 7970M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 750GB HDD drive spinning at 7200 RPM, a Blu-ray reader, a SteelSeries keyboard, a Killer E2200 LAN card that supports 802.11b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 420, a 720p webcam, three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI output, 2.1 speakers with THX TruStudio Pro sound, a 5-in-1 card reader, and a 9-cell battery life. The GX60 comes preloaded with Windows 8, with no option to buy it with Windows 7.
Posted: October 23, 2012 09:12AM
This news is likely quite welcome by Samsung and many consumers. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has declared a non-final action invalidating one of the key patents in the Apple vs. Samsung trial that Apple won in August. The reason for this action is a lack of novelty, as FOSS Patents explains.
The patent in question is for the overscroll bounce effect, or rubber banding, that occurs when trying to scroll beyond the length of a document or other item. It is also a patent that the jury in the aforementioned trial found Samsung guilty of infringing. This is a non-final action though, which means that it is possible Apple's claims to the patent will be upheld in the future, and the ruling by the jury would have to be enforced on Samsung. If the USPTO however does invalidate the patent, it would make the ruling unenforceable, as far as it concerns this specific patent.
Samsung has already filed this information with the judge for their recent trial, with the hope that she will consider this when making her own ruling on the trial. The jury has found Samsung guilty of patent infringement and recommended actions against them, but the judge still has to give her decision concerning those actions, which may increase or decrease their severity.
Posted: October 20, 2012 09:55AM
Author: Leo Ohayon
Toshiba has just announced its new range of Windows 8 PCs, only a couple days after Samsung, and is now accepting pre-orders, which will ship on October 26th. Toshiba launched a press release on October 17th and announced PCs for a varying range of budgets. The Satellite S, L, and P laptops have been announced, as well as the U series Ultrabooks. The specially designed Qosmio X875s will be available for gamers, and for those seeking an All-in-One desktop will be able to choose between the LX815 and LX835, with 21.5" and 23" screens, respectively. Each of these PCs have been optimized for Windows 8, the laptops feature larger touchpads to support gestures, and all come with three new Toshiba Windows apps: Toshiba Central, Toshiba Book Place, and Toshiba News Place.
Posted: July 23, 2012 01:34PM
In 2002 NVIDIA released the Dawn tech demo to show off the capabilities of the GeForce FX line. That demo was the first time a completely rendered and realistic humanoid was ever shown, and essentially that is all it showed because the hardware could not render an environment much more complex than a cube map. Modern GPUs though can do a great deal more than those of a decade ago, so NVIDIA has released A New Dawn to show off what is capable now.
The original Dawn never had a scene with more than 7000 triangles, but A New Dawn reaches 4,000,000. Originally Dawn's head only had 1700 strands of unmoving hair, but she has apparently decided to change how she has it cut as each of the 40,000 tessellated strands she has now are fully animated. She also did something with her skin as well by bringing in skin oil reflectance maps and multi-layered subsurface scattering.
A New Dawn is free to download and is targeted for the higher-end GTX 670, 680, and 690. Originally the demo was just going to be for the GTX 690, but the community requested support for single-GPU setups, so NVIDIA added a button to accommodate.
Posted: June 18, 2012 03:59PM
Microsoft held a mystery press conference in Los Angeles today, one in which no solid information was announced ahead of time. Plenty of speculation flew, from a Windows 8 tablet to a partnership with Barnes & Noble to make an Amazon Kindle Fire competitor to even an Xbox tablet. See the trend with the tablets? Well, there was good reason for that as Microsoft has announced the new Microsoft Surface - a tablet that Microsoft calls a "stage for Windows." This new Surface is a tablet optimized for Windows 8, which Microsoft wants in order to show the potential of the new OS. The Surface features a 10.6" optically bonded screen, weighs under 1.5 pounds, and is only 9.3mm thin - just enough for a full-size USB port. There is also a microSD slot and an HDMI port and DisplayPort to connect to bigger monitors.
The new Surface has a magnesium case for durability, plus a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen to ensure nothing could happen to it. There is a 0.7mm thick kickstand integrated directly into the back of the tablet because Microsoft has designed the Surface to be for entertainment. There are front and rear-facing cameras on the Surface, with the front angled at 22 degrees for the best view when using the kickstand. All the standard Windows apps will appear, plus ones for Netflix, Xbox, and more. The Surface features a 3mm thick Touch Cover that reveals a multitouch keyboard and trackpad, so when it is on a table it will act like a laptop. There is also a version with tactile keys (Surface Type Cover) for those who prefer it, with 1.5mm of travel for each key. There will be a variety of colors for the covers as well, though in the images below the black one is the Type Cover.
As for that 10.6" screen, it is a Clear Type Full HD display. It supports digital ink and when you use the stylus, your hand resting on the screen will be ignored. The ink itself is displayed at 600ppi, so it looks like actual writing even though it is digital.
The best part about the Surface is there will be two versions: one using an ARM processor and one using an Intel processor for x86. The ARM processor will be supplied by NVIDIA, which is the tablet being shown, while the Intel version uses a Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU. The Intel one will keep the overall weight of the Surface under two pounds, so you are not sacrificing a whole lot for the stronger chip. The ARM version is using Windows RT (formerly Windows for ARM) while the Intel one has Windows 8 Pro powering it.
The Surface with Windows RT will be available in 32 and 64GB sizes, while the one with Windows 8 Pro will come in 64 and 128GB sizes. The Windows RT version will be released around the time Windows 8 launches and is priced to compete with similar ARM-powered tablets. The Windows 8 Pro Surface will come out about three months later and is priced to compete with Ultrabooks. Microsoft is calling the new Surface a PC, a tablet, and something it thinks people will love. It certainly looks interesting, but we will have to see how it all plays out. Feel free to discuss the new Surface below or in the forums.
Posted: June 6, 2012 05:36PM
Author: Dale Shuck
ASUS has sent us some teaser photos of upcoming Republic of Gamers (ROG) enthusiast-level products. The new products include a G75 gaming notebook, the Matrix HD7970 3GD5 graphics card and a pair of motherboards - the Maximus V Extreme and the Maximus V Formula.
As we mentioned, these are just some pre-release promo shots to whet your appetite and ASUS is remaining mum on release dates and pricing.
Posted: April 23, 2012 12:21PM
Remember NVIDIA teasing something on its GeForce Facebook page last week? Well, today NVIDIA has posted an update that points to a countdown clock on GeForce.com. The company will unveil something at GeForce LAN / NVIDIA Gaming Festival (NGF) 2012 in Shanghai, China on April 28th. The countdown will expire at 7:30pm PDT that day, so you can keep it tuned right here for all the details. NVIDIA will live stream the event on GeForce.com and I imagine quite a few people will be wondering just what is being cooked up. The graphics giant has also sent out some crowbars to various websites with the words "For use in case of zombies or..." with the GeForce logo afterwards. Maybe the crowbar will have to pry open a container from NVIDIA containing a new product, like the rumored GTX 685 (GK110) or GTX 690 (dual GPUs). Whatever the case may be, we have until the end of the week for the speculation to come to a close.
Posted: March 29, 2012 04:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Corsair has announced that it is the recipient of two Manufacturer of the Year 2011 awards from PC Games Hardware in Germany. The awards were obtained in the categories of PC memory and compact CPU coolers. This marks the sixth year in a row that Corsair has taken home the awards voted on by the readers. The full results will be available online and in the 05/2012 issue of the magazine, hopefully you can read German. Corsair CEO Andy Paul was happy to hear about the awards and went on to say, "We’ve worked hard to ensure our Hydro Series CPU coolers match up to the performance expectations of enthusiasts, so we’re thrilled to receive the award for best compact CPU coolers. And to win Manufacturer of the Year for memory for the sixth year running shows that we can continue to successfully expand into new product categories while retaining our dominant position as the World’s leading builder of performance PC memory.”
Posted: March 5, 2012 04:06PM
AMD has decided to cut the cord and is giving up its final stake in GlobalFoundries. AMD spun off GlobalFoundries in 2009 and has gradualy reduced its share over time, but now it is giving up that final 8.8%. This makes GlobalFoundries wholly owned by the United Arab Emirates government. AMD also restructured the contract it held with GlobalFoundries, and now is free to use TSMC's 28nm process for its chips. Previously all 28nm work was done at GlobalFoundries, but now AMD is no longer bound to that agreement. It still plans to use GlobalFoundries in some form and will not completely abandon it, however. This should be good news for AMD because of the problems GlobalFoundries was having with the 28nm process, but there is a cost to that newfound manufacturing freedom. AMD has agreed to pay GlobalFoundries $425 million over the next two years, with the deal costing a total of $703 million when all is said and done.
Posted: February 13, 2012 06:01PM
Back in August of 2011, Google stated its intent to purchase Motorola Mobility, the company that actually builds Motorola cellphones, such as the newly released Droid 4 and Droid RAZR. Such a merger would bring with it 17,000 patents, and an additional 6,800 applications to Google. Though the company assured everyone it would only use these patents to protect its Android operating system, and Android phone manufacturers, from suits, there is still the concern of Google abusing these patents in a monopolistic way.
Today both the US government and the European Union have given the action a green light. This is not to say they are not still worried about what Google may do in the future, it is just that such a merger is not illegal under their laws. However regularors in China, Taiwan and Israel must still approve the merger before it can take place. It may be a bit longer then before Google can start making its own phones, using Motorola Mobility’s manufacturing facilities. Also announced today is the US Justice Department approval of the sale of Nortel patents to a consortium including Apple, Microsoft, and RIM. It has certainly been a busy day in the patent world.
Posted: February 2, 2012 04:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Corsair was recently selected as the winner of four different awards from major European print publications and websites. The categories were voted on by the readers of the publications, and placed Corsair at the top of three different categories. The Obsidian 800D case grabbed the "Best Case" award from hardware.info, based in the Netherlands. The Vengeance series of DDR3 memory was awarded "Best Memory Modules" from the same site. Corsair received the Memory Manufacturer of the Year award from both PC Masters and Hardwareluxx magazine, both based in Germany. CEO Andy Paul was happy to hear the news of receiving awards that were voted on by the enthusiast community, "We're thrilled with the recognition from our customers around the world."