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September 13, 2016

Rumor: AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” CPU Coming February 2017

Word has it that AMD’s new flagship desktop CPU will hit the market in February 2017. Although we’ve heard previous rumors that Zen would be delayed from 4Q2015 to 1Q2016, this is the first time we’ve heard news of a possible release month.

Code-named “Summit Ridge”, the new silicon is set to be a hallmark in AMD’s CPU development history. It packs 8 cores/16 threads built using GlobalFoundries’ 14nm FinFET transistors. The new architecture has a huge facelift compared to Bulldozer that can potentially bump the IPC by up to 40% and massively improves power efficiency.

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August 11, 2016

Apple Rumored to Overhaul MacBook Pro for the First Time in 4 Years

Bloomberg recently reported that Apple may be completely redesigning the MacBook Pro for the first time in 4 years.

According to Bloomberg sources familiar with the matter, the new MacBook Pro will be thinner, include a new touch screen strip for function keys, USB Type-C ports, fingerprint scanner, and a more powerful graphics card likely based on AMD’s latest Polaris GPU.  Apple is redesigning their MacBook Pros at a time when iPad and iPhone sales are down as consumers are waiting longer to upgrade devices.

Apple is also expected launching their new Mac OS Sierra operating system this fall, which may coincide with the MacBook Pro launch. The [...]

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September 11, 2015

Rumor: AMD Zen Architecture may Arrive in Q4 2016

Potential buyers of AMD’s next generation Zen CPU may have a bit of a wait time ahead of them. According to DigiTimes and its insider sources, the AMD’s Zen-based CPUs may not arrive until Q4 2016 at the earliest.

According to motherboard manufactures, the delay was caused by poor yield rates of 14nm FinFet transistors and issues with Research and Development from Global Foundries. They have expressed concerns for AMD ‘s competitiveness after the chip maker reported a $360 million loss for the first half of 2015. Global Foundries has had a difficult time in stabilizing the yield rate for its 14nm FinFETs, but has recently announced that it [...]

 
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April 29, 2015

AMD CPU Roadmap Leaked, 14nm Summit Ridge CPU Possibly Coming Next Year [update]

It’s no secret that AMD’s high end desktop CPU business has been stumbling for the past few years. Whereas Intel has been improving their high end microarchitecture for the past few years, AMD has shifted their focus into the low end and the mainstream however, according to some new leaked slides,  AMD may finally be gearing up for a fight come 2016.

The leaked slides show that AMD is aiming to replace its current Piledriver based lineup of performance FX CPUs with a new chip called Summit Ridge in 2016. Capable of hosting up to 8 cores, Summit Ridge will be using AMD’s upcoming “Zen” architecture built on the 14nm FinFet [...]

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January 22, 2015

Samsung Drops Qualcomm Snapdragon for New Galaxy S Smartphone

A recent article from Bloomberg claims that Samsung is dropping Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC for their upcoming Galaxy S series (Galaxy S6?) smartphone . Citing “…people with direct knowledge of the matter…”, Bloomberg reports that the reason that Samsung is dropping Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 is because the chips are overheating during internal testing.

Instead, Bloomberg’s sources believe that the “…new Galaxy S will be equipped with Samsung’s most advanced chips…” suggesting that Samsung may equip the upcoming smartphones with their own Exynos SoC. [...]

 
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January 20, 2015

AMD Radeon R9 380X Rumored for Q2 2015 Launch

According to a new report by Swedish hardware site, Sweclockers, AMD’s next generation Radeon R9 380X is slated to launch sometime between April and June 2015.

Codenamed Fiji XT, the GPU onboard the R9 380X is expected to feature 64 GCN compute units and 4,096 GCN cores. It’s also believed to be using 4GB of SK Hynix’s next generation 3D stacked HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) running at 1.2GHz. SK Hynix’s new HBM memory is expected to be up to 9x faster than current generation GDDR5. Preliminary estimates based on the leaked specifications peg the AMD Radeon R9 380X’s performance at over 45% faster than the current generation Radeon R9 [...]

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January 19, 2015

HTC’s Upcoming M9 Flagship Rumored to Feature 20 Megapixel Camera

HTC is rumored to announce their next flagship smartphone along with a highly anticipated smartwatch in March – just in time for Mobile World Congress.

According to Bloomberg, an industry affiliate revealed that HTC’s upcoming phone, codenamed M9 (likely HTC One M9), will have improved cameras and audio capabilities. The upcoming smartphone is expected to feature a 20 megapixel rear camera and a front facing camera featuring HTC’s UltraPixel technology. For those unfamiliar with UltraPixel, HTC’s UltraPixel technology improves low light camera performance by enlarging the pixels on a sensor at the cost of the megapixel count [...]

 
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January 15, 2015

Leaked Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Specifications, Launch Dates Surface

New information has recently surfaced on Nvidia’s highly anticipated midrange graphics card, the GeForce GTX 960.

According to GPU leaks site, Videocardz.net, a recent phone conversation with Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun, revealed that the NDA for the Nvidia GTX 960 will officially lift on January 22nd at 6:00AM PST.

Spec wise, the GeForce GTX 960 is expected to be based on Nvidia’s new 28nm Maxwell GM206 GPU. That’s not new. However, it was recently uncovered that the upcoming graphics card will feature 1024 CUDA cores, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 128-bit memory interface. The core clock is expected to be set [...]

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January 11, 2015

Leaked Nvidia Maxwell GM206 (GTX 960) Die Shot Surfaces

Last week at CES 2015, we half expected Nvidia to give us some news on their upcoming mid-range GeForce GTX 960 GPU, but rather than hear about desktop GPU news, we were instead greeted with Nvidia’s Tegra X1 Super Chip which is still cool, but definitely not GTX 960 cool.

However, all is not lost as Videocardz recently got their hands on what appears to be the first die shot of the GM206 GPU – the GPU recently rumored to be powering the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 960.

The specific die variant pictured in the leaked die shot is the GM206-300-A1. For comparison, Videocardz.com put a die shot of the Nvidia’s [...]

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September 17, 2014

Nvidia GTX 980 Pictured, Shows Improved Design

 

Immediately following the recently leaked images of Nvdia’s GTX970, we finally have a good look at the upcoming flagship card from the green corner courtesy of Videocardz.com.

At a glance, the cooling solution doesn’t look to have changed on the exterior. It looks to feature the same blower cooler Nvidia implemented on the reference GTX 780 and 780 Ti. But a detailed look reveals some minor design changes. Considering how the cooler is designed to handle a TDP 250W, the GTX 980 should run quieter since its TDP is rumoured to be around 180W.

Nvidia has also opted to migrate the beautiful backplate on the Titan Z over to [...]

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September 12, 2014

Zotac GeForce GTX970 Product Images Leaked Ahead of Launch

A Phillipine computer store has leaked an official image of Zotac’s GTX 970 as a “sneak preview”, which is well ahead of the rumored unveil date of September 19.

As depicted on the box, the Zotac version of the GeForce GTX970 sports a whopping 4GB of memory and carries Zotac’s custom cooling solution. The cooling shroud seems to be crafted using aluminium and take up 3 expansion slots. Whether or not this card comes factory overclocked is unclear but it wouldn’t be surprising consider its beastly-looking heatsink.

Other rumored specs of the GeForce GTX 970 include 1,664 CUDA cores, 138 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256bit wide memory [...]

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May 21, 2014

Crucial Readying MX100 SSD Using Micron 16nm NAND Flash

According to a recent article by hardware site Hardware.Info, Crucial/Micron is preparing to announce their next generation SSD, the Crucial MX100, in early June which just so happens to coincide with Computex Taipei. The Crucial MX100 is expected to be using Micron’s upcoming 16nm 128Gb MLC NAND which Micron had begun sampling back in June 2013.

Although no specific performance figures were revealed, the MX100 is expected to perform somewhere between the Crucial’s current Micron 20nm 128Gb MLC based M500 and M550. Given the finer lithography, pricing on the drive is expected to be even lower than the Crucial M500, which is currently [...]

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