Ormai ci siamo, dopo molte notizie e informazioni, il 19 marzo AMD rilascerà sul mercato i nuovi processori APU della famiglia Richland che prenderà il posto dei modelli Trinity. Successivamente, verso maggio, verranno poi presentati anche i modelli dedicati al reparto notebook di cui però al momento non si conosco ancora molte informazioni. Riguardo i processori desktop, andiamo a svelarveli brevemente.
AMD updates its FX processors: 8-core chip has 4GHz base clock, ’15 percent’ more oomph, $195 price tag
If you get the impression that AMD is diverting its energy away from traditional CPUs and towards APUs and fresher PC form factors such as all-in-ones, then you’re certainly right — but you’re also slightly ahead of the game. The company promises there’s a still a good few years of life left in its CPU-only chips and the AM3+ socket, and it’s putting today’s announcement forward as evidence. As of now, last year’s eight-core FX-8150 has been superseded on retailers’ shelves by the FX-8350, which notches the stock clock speed up to 4GHz, or 4.2GHz on turbo (alas with no obvious sign of that resonant mesh we once heard about). The full stack (codenamed ‘Vishera’) includes eight-, six- and four-core options, all based on the new Piledriver architecture which — when combined with these higher clock speeds — promises an overall performance uplift of around 15 percent versus the old Bulldozer cores. To be fair though, those Bulldozers weren’t so snappy to begin with, and besides, the most significant performance claims with this upgrade relate to multi-threaded applications and a few gaming titles like Skyrim and Civ 5. Judging from the slide deck below, gains in other areas of performance may be lower — perhaps in the region of seven percent — so as usual we’re going to roundup a bunch of reviews later today before we jump to any conclusions.
If it turns out that stock performance alone isn’t enough to sell these chips, then potential buyers still ought to check out FX’s pricing relative to Intel — not least because, as is typical, AMD sells overclockable chips at no extra charge. The top-end FX-8350 will hit the market at $195, which is not only cheaper than some earlier leaks suggested, but also $40 cheaper than an unlocked Core i5-3570K that has a lower clock speed and a smaller L3 cache — although the relative performance of these two chips remains to be independently tested. Meanwhile, the entry-level quad-core FX-4300 will virtually match the price of a locked i3-2120 at $122, but can be readily overclocked to 5GHz with water-cooling. AMD is also making a few claims based on the cost of multiple components in a rig: for example, that you can spend $372 on an FX-8350 and Radeon HD 7850 combo that delivers a 25 to 70 percent gaming advantage over a similarly priced Core i5 3570K with a GeForce GTX 650 Ti. Again, stay tuned for our roundup and we’ll figure out just how compelling this really is.
AMD lancia la campagna “Never Settle” che prevede, oltre alla possibilità di scaricare gratis alcuni giochi come Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter (scontato), la nuova versione dei driver Catalyst 12.11. Questa release, denominata per comodità Never Settle, è destinata ad aumentare le performance della serie di schede grafiche Radeon HD 7000, per contrastare ulteriormente le proposte Nvidia.
When Windows 8 and Windows RT arrive on October 26th, there’s going to be a practically unprecedented array of devices to consider, each with their own tradeoffs in performance and battery life. If you’re interested in tablet computing, three stand out, though. ARM chips like Nvidia’s Tegra 3 will bring flashy Windows RT designs to the fore like the Microsoft Surface and the Asus Vivo Tab RT, while Intel’s Clover Trail Atom chip will try to do the same for Windows 8 with a whole host of new modular slates. What’s the third, you ask? AMD’s Hondo processor. Today, AMD is formally announcing its Z-60 “Hondo” APU, which has a rather different claim to fame. AMD claims that the Z-60′s integrated Radeon HD 6250 graphics have five to six times the performance of Intel’s last-gen Atom chips, such that a Z-60 system can play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at 1024 x 768 resolution at 30 frames per second.
The secret is the strategy: shrink, rather than grow. While Intel’s Clover Trail is a more powerful version of its Medfield smartphone silicon, AMD’s Hondo is a more power-efficient version of its low-end laptop processor. Just like the AMD C-60 “Ontario” processor you’d find in netbooks last year, the Z-60 is a dual-core 1GHz chip with 80 graphics cores for light video and gaming duties. But, at a comparatively power-efficient 4.5W TDP (compared to the C-60′s 9W TDP) it requires even less cooling. Still, it may trail behind Intel a bit: Intel’s promising 8.5mm thin tablets, while AMD is targeting a more conservative 10mm at present.
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In a move to make its desktops more palatable to the masses, Maingear is bringing AMD’s integrated A-Series APUs to its F131 tower and X-Cube desktop PCs. Upon learning the news, we took a peek at the manufacturer’s website and found a customizable X-Cube available with a $649 starting price, which compares favorably to its $939 Intel counterpart. Unfortunately, the company has yet to update its website with AMD customization options for the F131. Regardless, we’re told that shoppers can expect to find both standard and Black Edition options for AMD’s chips, the latter which should appeal to overclockers. To scope out the company’s latest gear, just hit up the source link below.
We can’t say that there’s a huge cross-section of buyers who want a gaming laptop but refuse to touch Intel components. Whatever the size, MSI likely has that group sewn up with the official unveiling of the GX60 following a stealth appearance at Computex. The 15.6-inch portable is built as showcase for AMD’s latest mobile technology: it revolves around a 2.3GHz, quad-core A10-4600M processor using the Piledriver architecture as well as a Radeon HD 7970M to feed its 1080p screen at full speed. Thankfully, the PC is more than just a marketing vehicle and carries some of the gamer-tuned parts that we’ve seen in other MSI rigs, such as dual SSDs in a RAID stripe, a low-lag Killer networking chipset and a heavy-duty SteelSeries keyboard. Buying a GX60 may prove to be the real obstacle — in keeping with most MSI introductions, there’s no mention of a price or ship date, and none of the usual suspects have it in stock as of this writing.
Today’s business jargon gem: TAM, Total Addressable Market. AMD feels that Windows 8 comes with plenty of the stuff, so it sees no commercial need to make its forthcoming tablet chip — codenamed Hondo — play nice with Android as well. Speaking to The Inquirer, corporate VP Steve Belt said it was a “conscious decision” not to go after compatibility with Google’s OS, because AMD doesn’t want to spread itself into “other markets.” What could this mean for us tablet-buyers? No dual-booting Windows / Android magic on AMD devices, for one thing, which is perhaps a shame now that ASUS has shown off the combo’s potential. On the other hand, Belt made it clear that Hondo will support Linux, which — for now, at least — is more than can be said of Intel’s rival low-power silicon, Clover Trail.
Just as you’ve cozied up with “Tahiti” and “Cape Verde,” AMD has returned to grow its “Southern Islands” family of graphics cards with four fresh FirePros, offering up to four teraflops of graphics computing power. That spec can be found in the company’s new W9000, which is capable of four TFLOPs single precision and one TFLOP double precision with a price tag just shy of $4,000. That behemoth of a card offers 6GB of GDDR5 RAM and requires 274 watts of power. More humble members of the fam include the W8000, which has the same form-factor as the higher-end W9000, but eases back on the specs, consuming 189 watts of power and carrying a $1,599 price tag.
We had a chance to take a closer look at both cards at SIGGRAPH, and while they packed a significant amount of heft, you’ll likely never take a second look once they’re buried away in your tower rig. Fans of smaller housings (and price tags) may take notice of the W7000 and W5000, which are both considerably more compact and require less power to boot, with pricing set at $899 and $599, respectively. Those cards were also on hand for our demo, and can be seen along with the top two configs in our gallery below. You can also sneak a closer peek in the hands-on video after the break, and glance at the full specs over at our news post from earlier today.
Nettops have slipped a bit out of vogue, but Shuttle is keeping the flame alive for those who like their desktops tiny and hushed. The XS35V3 and XS35GTA V3 have moved on to more contemporary Cedar Trail-era, 2.13GHz Atom D2700 processors that keep the power draw to a fanless 27W, even when everything is churning at full bore. That limit might get tested with the GTA variant, which brings in Radeon HD 7410M graphics for a lift to 3D performance, but neither mini desktop will exactly make the power company beg for mercy. Either is a barebones kit with the laptop-sized hard drive, optical drive and OS left to the buyer — if you don’t get them at the same time, you’ll have only the HDMI, VGA, USB and card reader to keep you company. Europeans are currently the only ones getting a crack, where it costs €172 pre-tax ($214) for the XS35V3 and €233 ($290) to get its faster GTA cousin.
AMD has this week announced the launch of their new G-Series APU which has been created for industrial control, point-of-sale, medical and transportation markets. The latest APU provides three times the performance and reduces power consumption by unto seven times when compared to the older AMD Geode LX processor.
The AMD Embedded G-Series APU has been created to provide designers with a seamless upgrade path for legacy applications. Featuring small form factor boards by implementing a two-chip platform with APU and companion controller hub.
Together with a Legacy I/O card support based on full 32-bit PCI interface and an ISA bus solution with DMA support. AMD also announced that it would be extending the planned availability for the entire AMD embedded G-Series into 2017. Arun Iyengar, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions explain in todays press release:
“With the AMD G-T16R APU, we were striving for that critical balance of performance, power efficiency and cost for power, and cost-sensitive embedded applications, and we’ve achieved it,”-”This new APU helps to enable small form factor and fan-less designs with power consumption of just 2.3 watts on average.”
If you’ve been missing out on the graphics card wars of late, then here’s a quick rundown. AMD launched its high-end $549 Radeon HD 7970 at the end of last year, and it reigned comfortably for a few months until NVIDIA came out with the masterful GeForce GTX 680. That would have been the end of the matter, at least for this product cycle, except for one crucial factor: time. Having reached the market so much earlier, AMD has now had six months to not only tweak its drivers but also its 28nm silicon. That process has already culminated in 1GHz cards at the low- and mid-ranges, and today it leads to the (slightly predictable) announcement of a Radeon HD 7970 ‘GHz Edition’ — priced at $499 and expected to be available from a range of board makers from next week. To keep you amused in the meantime, there’s plenty of detail in the gallery below and after the break.
HP has been very eager to take the Envy line in an Ultrabook direction, leaving performance hounds a bit wanting. Much to their (and our) relief, the full-fat Envy 15, Envy 17, and Envy 17 3D have all made the leap to Intel’s latest round of Ivy Bridge processors. Along with the 2.3GHz to 2.7GHz quad Core i7 chips we all know and love, the Envy 15 and regular 17 can get a dual 2.5GHz Core i5 to keep the price slightly closer to Earth. All of them ship with an equally upgraded AMD Radeon HD 7850M to give games that extra jolt of energy, and you won’t find one with less than 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive. Should you like the Envy’s current formula and just wish it had that much more oomph, you can pay a post-discount $1,100, $1,250 or $1,530 to bring one to your door.
Sarà capitato anche a voi di utilizzare l’adattatore DVI-HDMI che veniva venduto in bundle con le schede video Radeon serie HD 2000, 3000 e 4000. Non tutti sanno però che questi adattatori, per problematiche non legate ad AMD, vanno incontro a malfunzionamenti dovuti soprattutto all’usura. In questo caso come si può fare a trovarli e soprattutto come facciamo a sapere quali adattatori fanno passare anche il segnale audio?
Già il segnale audio, perchè se controlliamo i vari shop online o ci rechiamo presso un negozio, la maggior parte di noi non sa che se acquistiamo un adattatore compatibile probabilmente questo non farà passare il segnale audio. Questo perchè l’adattatore in questione non è venduto da partner autorizzati AMD.
Zotac and its XBOXes — just when you think your next dorm room PC couldn’t get any smaller… it does. The latest in the stable is the long-winded Nano XS AD11 Plus, a hysterically titled small form factor PC equipped with a dual-core 1.6GHz AMD E-450 APU, Radeon HD 6320 GPU, 2GB of DDR3 memory and an HDMI output. There’s also a 64GB mSATA SSD, a pair of USB 3.0 sockets (as well as a couple of the USB 2.0 variety), a gigabit Ethernet jack and a bundled MCE-compatible remote. In a smattering of reviews that also cropped up alongside the box’s launch, we’ve learned that the E-450 moderately bests the prior E-350 rigs and soars past similarly equipped Atom-based machines; the mSATA SSD is perhaps the biggest upgrade, however, easily helping the system as a whole feel far faster than those with mechanical hard drives. Hot Hardware was pleased with the overall showing, though they did note that the include USB WiFi adapter gave ‘em headaches when trying to stream high-bitrate content from a NAS / home server. Worth the $359? Hit those More Coverage links to help you decide.
If you’re a gamer on a budget looking for a new video card, you’ll want to check out the new card that AMD has unveiled today. The new card is called HD 7770 GHz edition and is the first video card in the world to ship with a 1 GHz clock speed on the reference design. There are other video cards out there running at 1 GHz, but those are overclocked cards from partners.
The video card has at least 1 GB of RAM is built on the 28nm process. The video card supports the PCI Express 3.0 slot and has several other important AMD features such as AMD ZeroCore Power, PowerTune, AMD Eyefinity 2.0 and AMD App technologies.
The best thing to be said about the new video card is that some models will start at $159. You can count on seeing some that sell for less than that price and some selling for more when they’re overclocked out-of-the-box. This should be a pretty interesting video card for budget gamers.
Here at AMD’s Financial Analyst day, the company had a little demo area which is where we spotted this little number — an ODM reference unit from Compal, stuffed with the company’s upcoming Trinity APU. We’re told the unit above is one of several, which are proof-of-concepts used to convince and show OEMs powerful, yet thin machines the duo hopes they’ll bring to market. Inside this particular prototype is one of the lower voltage variants of Trinity (read: either the 17W or 25W part), which enables that svelte 18mm profile. Seeing as it is a one-off (and one that’ll never come to market in this form), our impressions are moot, yet we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out we were a little dismayed by its chassis, which was flimsy enough to put the existing flex champion, Toshiba’s Z830, on notice. Still, with an estimated starting price of half an Ultrabook (roughly in the $500 to $600 range), we’ll leave it up to you to decide exactly how much you value torsional rigidity. Other then that, viewing angles seemed good from the brief demo reel we watched, and there’s plenty of connectivity onboard, with two USB 3.0 ports, mini-DisplayPort and HDMI flanking the left, followed by audio jacks, another USB, Ethernet and power along the right. Looks like thin and lights are about to get a whole lot more interesting later in the year, which, frankly is great — it’s about time Chipzilla got some worthy competition.
Who knew a “p” packed so much punch? Just weeks after Lenovo cut loose with a boatload of new machines, the outfit has quietly slipped out an even newer model tailored for gamers. The 14-inch IdeaPad Y470p looks just about like the existing Y470, but swaps out the middling NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M for a far more potent Radeon HD 7690M. (For those wondering — yep, that’s the same chip in HP’s new Envy 15.) There’s also a 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, an optional 1TB HDD, JBL speakers and a native 1,366 x 768 screen resolution. The unit tips the scales at 4.85 pounds with a six-cell battery, which is supposedly good for up to four hours of usage (in presumably ideal conditions). Other specs include a Blu-ray Disc drive, a two-megapixel webcam, HDMI out and USB 3.0. For now, at least, it looks as if eager beavers can get one headed their way for as low as $799, but the more specced-out models are reaching well over $1,200.
Choosing is hard. And in the case of ASUS’ forthcoming netbook line, totally not necessary. Just days after Intel snuck out details surrounding the next generation of its Atom line, out flows shots and information about what’ll undoubtedly be one of the first next-gen netbooks to use ‘em. The Eee PC Flare line is expected to supplant the long-standing Seashellrange at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, with a smattering of models to be lining ASUS’ booth. Outside of lively, sleeker exteriors, we’re told to expect models with the new N2600 and N2800 Atom CPU line, a 12-incher powered by AMD’s Fusion APU line and the token chiclet-style keyboard that we’ve all grown used to. It’s also possible that we’ll see revised 10-inchers alongside the big boys, with the 1225B, 1225C, 1025C and 1025CE named in particular. Naturally, we’ll be bringing you more as we get it. Oh, and “netbooks are back, baby!”
A fresh contender for your blow-out 2012 Olympic gaming rig: AMD’s first 28nm GPU, the Radeon HD 7970. It’s scheduled to arrive on January 9th, priced at $549 — nearly $200 more than its direct ancestor, the 6970. Then again, this newcomer packs some supremely athletic specs, including a 925MHz engine clock that can be readily OC’d to 1.1GHz, 2,048 stream processors and an uncommonly muscular 384-bit memory bus serving 3GB of GDDR5. At the same time, AMD hopes to make the card more practical than the dual-processor 6990 by bringing the card’s power consumption down to less than 300W under load and a mere 3W in ‘long idle’ mode, and promising quieter cooling thanks to improved airflow and a bigger fan. We’ll have to wait for benchmarks in January before we hand out any medals, but in the meantime NVIDIA’s forthcoming 28nm Kepler GPU might want to step up its training schedule.
Sapphire annuncia la nuova versione della Radeon HD6850 con 2 GB di memoria GDDR5; le specifiche riprendono quelle della versione reference con 960 stream processor, frequenze di 775 MHz per la GPU e 4000 MHz per la memoria video.
La scheda presenta due connettori DVI-I, un connettore HDMI e un connettore DisplayPort, con possibilità di collegari fino a tre schermi gestibili grazie alla tecnologia AMD Eyefinity. La Sapphire HD 6850 da 2 GB è disponibile al prezzo di 152,23 Euro.