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Fake renders of the Radeon R9 390X tease a smaller, next-gen VGA card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 9, 2015 12:04 am

According to our sources, AMD will be announcing its new Radeon R9 390X at E3 2015 in mid-June, while some of our other sources have told us that HBM yields are extremely low, so the Radeon R9 390X that features HBM will be in extremely limited availability. We have been told that AMD has some "surprises" in store for the Radeon R9 390X, which is exciting. But what about these leaked photos of the HBM-powered Radeon R9 390X? Well, let's talk about that.

 

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The above image is reportedly photoshopped, with WCCFTech reporting that the image is "completely fake and are essentially a Photoshop recreation of the image by an artist on Chiphell forums". But for me, I don't think it's as "fake" as people think.

 

With AMD using High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) it will save so much room on the PCB that the usual GDDR5 takes up, and thanks to it running cooler than GDDR5, it will remove much of the last third of the PCB and associated cooling, VRMs, and more. This could give AMD the opportunity to make a shorter VGA card, but will the shorter card just be the HBM version? With our sources teasing multiple Radeon R9 390X models being released, with one being the premium HBM model, and another running GDDR5. If this happens, it's going to be good, and very bad for AMD.

 

On one hand, AMD can send the media the Radeon R9 390X 8GB watercooled model, which is the one that I think is the closest to the model above, and then the other cards that will be released into the market will be the 4GB models, possibly with HBM, or GDDR5. We know that HBM is in seriously low numbers right now, so much so that one of our sources said they'd be "surprised if it even happens this year". Some harsh words, but if HBM is in short supply, what would AMD do?

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Nintendo expected to release five mobile games by March 2017

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2015 9:08 pm

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata says his company plans to release five mobile games by March 2017, as Nintendo tries to expand its business operations.

 

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There is no word what characters will be featured, or which titles gamers can expect, but Nintendo promised it wouldn't simply port content for smartphones and tablets.

 

"You may think it is a small number... but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all - and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business," Iwata said during a meeting with investors.

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Samsung breaks ground on new semiconductor fabrication facility

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 8, 2015 8:15 pm

Earlier this week, Samsung broke ground on its new semiconductor fabrication facility at the Godeok Industrial Complex in Pyeongtaek, Korea.

 

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The electronics company is the No. 2 chip maker based on revenue, and it's unknown what will be specifically manufactured at the facility. Some Korean news sources say DRAM memory chips will be the focus of manufacturing, with space allowed for mobile processors depending on global demand.

 

The new industrial complex will have more than $14 billion invested by Samsung, which is the largest amount it has invested in a single facility.

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Report: Spotify sets its sights on streaming video service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: May 8, 2015 8:05 pm

Spotify has taken over the streaming music world, and the company is reportedly trying to expand into online video, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. Spotify has approached a few different digital media companies, gauging interest in partnerships, in an effort to launch created material and acquire videos.

 

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Time Inc, Maker Studios, Fullscreen and Tastemade are speaking with Spotify, with a possible announcement coming as soon as May 20.

 

"So many companies have doubled down in this space that differentiation and monetization are going to be increasingly difficult," said Paul Verna, analyst at eMarketer, in a statement to WSJ. Verna believes Pandora, one of Spotify's numerous rivals in the streaming music business, could also try for a streaming video service.

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Researchers learning from fish and bats to inspire robot development

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 8, 2015 7:40 pm

Researchers from Northwestern University have monitored the swimming styles of the black ghost knifefish, cuttlefish and Persian carpet flatworm to create custom computer simulations. Using collected data, a "Ghostbot" has been created, in an effort to hopefully design next-generation underwater robots.

 

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Following a study published in PLOS Biology, researchers are now studying 22 different animls that move around using undulation-oscillation.

 

"There is a real need for underwater vehicles that are more maneuverable than the current things we use for disaster recovery or inspection of structures underwater," said Malcolm MacIver, one of the contributing senior authors of the study, said in a statement published by CBS News. "They are non-maneuverable, which results in things like with the BP oil disaster, the robots banging into oil well heads or what have you."

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DEEPCOOL shows off its TRISTELLAR ITX case

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 8, 2015 6:25 pm

If you're looking for something a little different, it seems that DEEPCOOL has you covered with its new TRISTELLAR case as part of the GAMER STORM ITX chassis series.

 

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Caps lock aside, this case is seriously something unique in the way that it looks and accommodates your internals. Utilizing three of what it calls 'cabins', your technology is stored within a video card cabin, motherboard cabin and finally the power supply section.

 

With the ability to support mini-ITX motherboards, CPU coolers up to 80mm in height, 120mm AIO liquid coolers, a power supply up to 160mm long and full length video cards, DEEPCOOL has designed this case with the enthusiast in mind.

 

Love it or hate it, the DEEPCOOL TRISTELLAR is currently available globally.

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Fixstars unveils its new 6TB SSD, the world's largest 2.5-inch SSD

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: May 8, 2015 5:35 pm

Gone are the days of a 120GB SSD serving all of your needs, Fixstars has just announced their development of a new record-breaking 2.5-inch SSD in the form of a 6TB 15nm MLC NAND drive named Fixstars SSD-6000M.

 

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Boasting transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write, this SSD features your normal inclusions of NCQ, TRIM and SMART and measures in at 9.5mm thick - which means some laptops may be left out.

 

Set for launch in July 2015 with a 3-year warranty, there is no current mention of price. If the 6TB model is too large or expensive for your tastes, they also have a 3TB model on offer - more information can be found on their official website.

Intel announces its new DC S3510 SSDs, aimed at the data center market

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: May 8, 2015 4:24 pm

Featuring standard-endurance technology (SET) MLC NAND flash constructed by IMFlash Technology, Intel has released its new DC S3510 SSDs to the OEM market.

 

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Designed with data centers in mind, these 2.5-inch drives are build on a 16 nanometer node, allowing up to 880 TBW (high levels of endurance). The controller offers native 256-bit AES encryption and is available in sizes ranging from 80GB to 1.6TB.

 

Complete with a 5-year warranty and available through OEM channels, these drives are aimed at dedicated hosting providers. We have been supplied with a table thanks to TechPowerUp (below) which offers information on sequential and 4K random access performance levels.

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Drive Smart and Save 33% on the ExoMount Touch Universal Car Mount

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 8, 2015 4:00 pm

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You already know you should go hands-free to use your phone while driving. And now you also know the best way to do it-ExoMount's Touch Universal Car Mount, now $19.99 at TweakTown Deals.

Secure your phone to the mount with a single touch. The mount stays put using using the world's best suction cup technology and allows you to rotate and swivel your phone 360 degrees. Use it on almost any surface-including smooth, textured, flat, and curved dashboards and windshields-and with almost any smartphone, with or without a case.

 

Stay safe on the road with ExoMount's Touch Universal Car Mount. Pick it up for $19.99 at TweakTown Deals.

AMD follows Intel in branding its processors per 'Generation'

By: Chris Smith | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 8, 2015 3:21 pm

As pointed out by TechPowerUp, "AMD is planning to play a neat branding game with Intel."

 

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You may have noticed with the upcoming series of CPUs and APUs to be released in 2016 by AMD that there has been a branding focus switch towards naming them as the "6th Generation," just as you commonly see with Intel's new processor releases.

 

This change is said to be due to ease of consumer clarity and the reported fact that retail channels much prefer this method. Keeping track of which generation of processor you own, sell or build into a system is generally much easier then remembering how old your 'Piledriver' chip may be.

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