Hot on the heels of AMD's much anticipated LLano APU launch, GIGABYTE has gone all out in diversifying its range straight off the bat and kicks out no less than seven accompanying A75 chipset, FM1 socket motherboards.
THe boards in question are the GA-A75-UD4H, GA-A75-D3H, GA-A75-DS3P, GA-A75M-UD2H, GA-A75M-D2H, GA-A75M-S2V and GA-A75N-USB3, with the non "M" branded models being of full ATX stature, and the others mATX based.
To give you an idea on A75 GIGABYTE style (at least, as good an idea as one can have minus the actual APU that's still under wraps until the 30th of this month), Shane recently checked out the A75H-UD4H variant in detail with plenty of pics and info on all the incorporated and exclusive features GIGABYTE pairs it up with.
If you're in the market for an outrageously fast notebook for gaming and the current top dog choices of mobile GPUs from both the green and red teams weren't impressive enough to meet your expectations, hold onto your seats folks, for notebooks equipped with a new GPU weapon are on the immediate horizon thanks to the launch of NVIDIA's new mobile GPU today; the GTX 580M.
With previous GTX-500M series GPUs not up to par in the performance stakes with the previous gen GTX-480M, this new model from NVIDIA comes much welcomed and looks to boast some very impressive performance, well overshading the aforementioned 480M.
Specs wise, the GPU runs at a clock speed of 1240MHz and a memory clock of up to 1500MHz. It houses 384 CUDA cores and up to 2GB of 256-bit 96GB/s GDDR5 memory.
While PCI-E 2.0 has been more than kind enough to us since its inception in early 2007 with its gobs of available bandwidth on tap, looking over 4 years beyond and now PCI-E 3.0 is becoming the talk of the town.
While it's been said that current gen high-end video cards can be used to their maximum potential on existing PCI-E 2.0/.1 equipped boards, PCI-E 3.0 gives far more headroom for future super bandwidth hungry graphics cards inevitably to come, boasting a bit rate that effectively "doubles" PCI-E 2.0 at 8GT/s.
On that note, it's been rumoured that the benefits of PCI-E 3.0 could be utilized for some folks straight off the bat, providing you are lucky enough to have one of those super duper PCI-E based SSD solutions, such as one of these monsters from OCZ.
WIth that said and done, make way for the world's first PCI-E 3.0 equipped enthusiast motherboard, from none other than ASRock along with Fatal1ty's influential touches.
The latest happenings from around the web - June 28th, 2011
- MSI P67A-GD80 LGA1155 Sandy Bridge ATX Motherboard Reviewed @ Futurelooks
- Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Motherboard review (mATX) @ Kitguru
- Gigabyte X58A-OC Sub Zero @ Overclock3D
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD3-B3 Motherboard @ Funkykit
- ASUS RoG Matrix GTX 580 Platinum 1.5GB DX11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion
- AMD Radeon HD6850 & HD6950 CrossFire Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.08.1475.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
Cleans the following:
Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
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Acer are stepping up to the plate with a release of their very own Chromebook in the form of the Acer AC700, it goes on sale later this month for $349.99 which will be followed by a 3G-equipped version later this summer. The Chrome OS-based notebook is powered by an Intel Atom N570 processor, includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, two USB 2.0 ports and a 4-in-1 memory card reader.
NVIDIA have another leak and this one is quite good, they've been showing an unnamed GPU running in SLI, powering Crysis 2. The clip below shows the DirectX 11 version of Crysis 2 running at 1080p with tessellation enabled via the high-resolution texture pack. It runs very smooth considering the game is not only maxed out, but running in DX11 and including high-res textures! Impressive NVIDIA!
Microsoft is aiming at an April 2012 date for the RTM release of not only Windows 8 for x86, but for Windows 8 for ARM/SoC and Windows 8 Server all at the same time. Microsoft's plan is to deliver a single Windows 8 beta build around the the time of its upcoming Build conference.
Microsoft hope to convince Windows, Windows Azure, Windows Phone and Web developers to attend the event in Anaheim, California between September 13 and 16, 2011. Once the beta hits, Microsoft will then deliver an RC (release candidate) build of Windows 8 which should arrive in January 2012. The final released build will be the RTM, this means only two public build tests which is the same method of what we had for Windows 7.
Apple's relationship with Samsung is on rocky territory right now, I really think Samsung should've put a ring on it ages ago. But, history can't be changed. It looks like Apple might be grabbing a contract with TMSC to build their next-generation ARM SoCs, dubbed "A6", sometime in 2012. Rumors of a partnership between Apple and TMSC began early this year before the release of the iPad 2 and its included A5 processor.
Dan Heyler, a semiconductor analyst with Merrill Lynch in Taipei told the China-based Commercial Times newspaper last Friday that TMSC is most likely producing Apple's A6 processor, a next-gen ARM-based design. At the moment Samsung is producing Apple's A5 processors based on 45nm process. TMSC is producing mobile SoCs for other smartphone and tablet makers on a 40nm process, where Apple is looking to work with TMSC to get down to a 28nm process.
As promised Crytek have released the "DX11 Ultra Upgrade" patch for Crysis 2 and also the high-resolution texture pack is now available. The update intros DX11 as well as graphical improvements to not only the DX11 version of the game, but the stock DX9 version. There are three packs available, patch 1.9 enables DX11 support but there will be separate downloads on top of patch 1.9 in the form of "DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade," DX11 Tessellation Pack," and "High Res Textures."
The DX11 patches will obviously give higher-fidelity visuals, but the patch also includes graphical and performance improvements under DX9. After the patch 1.9 is installed, DX9 users will gain real-time local reflections and contacts shadows. DX11-based gamers will gain hardware tessellation, parallax occlusion mapping along with various shadow, water, particle, depth of field and motion blur enhancements.