AMD FX-8150 to take on Core i7-980X and 2600K, pushes them up against a wall and mugs them of their price-performance crown
AMD's Bulldozer is set to enter the construction site shortly, and these new benchmarks are leaned heavily in their favor. It looks as though a set of leaked press slides of the AMD FX Processor found their way into the grubby hands of DonanimHaber ahead of the official launch with AMD claiming huge performance leads over rival, Intel. AMD claims that their FX-8150 processor is aiming to take down Intel's Core i7-980X in game tests and even passing it in some DirectX 11 titles.
It's performing on the same level as the Core i7 2600K in several popular CPU benchmarks such as WinRAR 4, X.264 pass 2, Handbrake, 7Zip, POV Ray 3.7, ABBYY OCR, wPrime 32M, and Bibble 5.0. The AMD FX-8150 benefits greatly from the FMA4 instruction set that is lacking in Intel's Sandy Bridge. In the OCL Performance Mandelbrot test, the FX-8150 thrashes the 2600K by as much as 70%.
The Samsung Galaxy S II launched in April and since then have sold 10 million units. It's not near the iPhone numbers which are sitting at 20 million units (oh btw, thats in Q2 alone!) but impressive nonetheless. Five million Galaxy S II units have been sold since July, which is impressive in itself. This means that in eight weeks the Galaxy S II sales have doubled. Keep in mind that the sales haven't even made a dent in the US.
Nice work Samsung, I love the Galaxy S II. It's a beautiful phone.
Google has had cloud-storage rumors for a while now but it seems we're edging closer to seeing it unveiled. It was spotted at a Google-backed presentation, with an image of Google Drive sitting amongst a Google Docs section. Google Drive is expected to include desktop and mobile syncing apps to make it very, very useful as a cloud storage app rather than hide it within Docs as an extra. Google Drive is also reported to support folders and other utilities.
As for what platforms it'll support, this is unknown right now. Obviously Android would be their number one priority and iOS could be a second favorite. No ETA is rumored, although it's hinted to be "coming soon". This would make sense as Ice Cream Sandwich launches in the next two months, having built-in cloud storage for the mobile OS would be quite nice indeed.
Google Drive has been in development for as far back as 2007.
Neo said it in the Matrix Reloaded, "hmm, upgrades" and now I think he was referring to the release of Battlefield 3. DICE Community Manager, Daniel Matros, has come out and said that the PC built around the Battlefield 3 recommended system requirements is only able to run the game at Medium settings. This came about after a Twitter-based question and answer session where Matros stated that "recommended is usually medium".
He was also asked if a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 would have enough power to run the game at Ultra settings with Matros saying if you were aiming for that level of detail from the Frostbite 2 engine, you'll probably want to have two GeForce GTX 580s in SLI. There was no mention of the resolutions Matros was referring to but after looking at the videos, screenshots and now the Twitter question and answer session, one thing is for sure: Battlefield 3 is going to push your PC.
But this time, not because it's unoptimised. It's because it is a true next-gen game with next-gen graphics, sound, physical movement and destruction. I'm guessing Medium settings would look better than consoles with High and Ultra just looking uber-amazing. Bring it on.
The latest happenings from around the web - September 25th, 2011
- ASUS P8H67-M EVO Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ECS A75F-A AMD FM1 @ Techpowerup
- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard @ Madshrimps
- Three LGA1155 Mainboards from ASUSTeK on Intel Z68 Express @ XBit Labs
- Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra and Pure Platinum H67 Mainboard @ Technic3D
- Compro VideoMate U680F @ Tech-Reviews
- Uebo M50 Mobile 1080p Media Player @ Megatechnews
Our App of the Day today is Google+ 184.108.40.2066 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.
Sure, Facebook has got all the attention of the web this week with all its announcements during its F8 Developer Conference, but Google+ is still kicking along.
This week it went live to the public and reportedly added 10 million new users in one day as a result. Google has recently updated its Google+ iOS app to version 220.127.116.116 which adds Mobile Hangouts and Messenger (formerly Huddle).
Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are
Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler.
* Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.
* Visit the stream to get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.
* Messenger is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.
* Mobile Hangouts allows you to video chat with up to 9 friends while you're on the go.
Word came out just yesterday that Amazon is preparing to hold a press event in New York City on the 28th of September for an unveiling of sorts.
The event will take place at 9am on said date, but it can only be speculated at this time as to what little trick, or tricks they have up their sleeve. The most likely purpose of the unveiling however is to officially introduce its long-awaited "Kindle" (name yet to be confirmed) Android running tablet.
There's been a number of rumours floating around about it for several months now, but we were recently given more of an idea on what to expect when TechCrunch said it managed to get hands on with it. It was said in this report that it will hit shelves in late November at $250US.
The latest happenings from around the web - September 23rd, 2011
- ZOTAC ZBOX Plus - Media PC @ Techwarelabs
- The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Keyboard Dock @ Futurelooks
- MSI GT780 Gaming Laptop @ Madshrimps
- Zotac A75-ITX WiFi vs ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboards @ Hardware Heaven
- Layout and Design: ASUS Crosshair V Formula @ Ocaholic
- MSI Z68A-GD80 Motherboard @ Neoseeker
- ASUS Sabertooth 990FX @ Ocaholic
Deepcool has just announced a new high-end graphics card cooler under its "Gamer Storm" series, oddly dubbed the Dracula. While there doesn't appear to be any blood sucking attributes here, it looks like its taste for "heat" is its substitute, being able to handle the hungriest, hottest of GPUs out there.
The Dracula uses a convex copper base with two large aluminum heatsinks and a mass of L-shaped heatpipes, no less than 12 of them in fact. It's possible to equip the Dracula with up to three 140mm sized fans, or four 120mm fans and all the mounting hardware is bundled to make this possible with ease.
The cooler supports NVIDIA GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560, GTX 480, GTX 470 and GTX 460 as well as AMD HD 6970, HD 6950, HD 6870, HD 6850, HD 5770, HD 5670, HD 4870 and HD 4850 video cards. A definitive shipping date or price tag has not yet been revealed.
A new extended trailer has gone up on YouTube from Capcom showing off its next upcoming Resident Evil title for the 3DS; Revelations.
The trailer premiered at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) where Resident Evil producer, Masachika Kawata announced that Revelations will be taking the series back to its survival horror roots and should be seen as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 5.
A little earlier in the year, Kawata said :-
Unlike Mercenaries, which is all about shooting action, Revelations is all about survival horror, the very genre Resident Evil established. We actually think of Revelations as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 5 and it will be full of new, innovative ideas and characters.