Breaking, CPU, Hardware, Intel, News

Intel Kills Overclocking on Non-K Skylake Processors

For the last couple of months, enthusiasts ‘on a budget’ were buying Intel processors based on latest ‘Skylake’ architecture and overclocked them to obtain extra performance. What made overclocking especially attractive was the possibility to overclock cheaper, ‘non-K’ processors using the old method of raising the base-clock (BCLK). Given that the company faced ‘Skylake crashes in Prime95’ affair, Intel decided to push microcode updates which would not just prevent Skylake-based CPUs from crashing but to prevent all non-K CPUs from overclocking as well. This update should not surprise anyone, as lack of any meaningful competition in the performance space meant the company was free to limit the overclocking capabilities. In order to overclock an Intel processor, you

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AMD, Companies

AMD Reveals World’s First Hardware-Virtualized GPU Product Line

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) this week revealed the world’s first hardware virtualized GPU products — AMD FirePro™ S-Series GPUs with Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology. AMD’s ground-breaking hardware-virtualized GPU architecture delivers an innovative solution in response to emerging user experiences such as remote workstation, cloud gaming, cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). In the virtualization ecosystem, key components like the CPU, network controller and storage devices are being virtualized in hardware to deliver optimal user experiences, but prior to today the GPU was not hardware virtualized. AMD MxGPU technology, for the first time, brings the modern virtualization industry standard to the GPU hardware. What does this mean?

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AMD, Graphics, Hardware, News, Rumors

AMD GPUs to Come from GlobalFoundries and TSMC?

AMD received a substantial coverage at VentureBeat recently, with Dean Takahashi interviewing key executives in succession. First off was an in-depth interview with Lisa Su (CEO and Chairman of AMD), followed by an interview with Raja Koduri, Head (CEO?) of Radeon Technologies Group. RTG is AMD’s spin-off which you can compare with the spin-off of manufacturing division you now know as GlobalFoundries, just without a strong sovereign wealth fund (like Mubadala Development Company)… for now. In order to execute on a huge market opportunity in the form of Virtual Reality, RTG wants to make sure all the basics are covered. For starters, one of more painful episodes from the company

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

EVGA Launches ‘VR Edition’ Graphics Cards

Regardless of how fast the adoption of Virtual Reality happens, 2016 could be remembered as the ‘year of VR’, where a lot of companies will have to change their own design in order to create a VR experience. Adoption of VR requires significant changes to the product lineup, and the approaches could not be more different. Oculus Rift is based around stationary position, HTC Vive Pre bases itself around a living room experience (with unfortunate wires), Microsoft HoloLens concept has a whole on-your-head computer (but also requires a hook up to a very powerful multi-GPU server), etc. Regardless of what you may think about VR, the fact is that this

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3D, AMD, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CPU, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

AMD to Launch Polaris Graphics Architecture with a Mainstream Card

Back in early December 2015, AMD invited their preferred media partners to brief them about the new company structure, where Radeon Technology Group (RTG, also known as ATI 2.0) will continue to bring products to market under the AMD banner until the (almost inevitable) spin-off occurs. In a run-up to CES 2016, which takes place in Las Vegas, NV, AMD made a formal announcement introducing the Polaris GPU architecture. In a video bewlo, Raja Koduri (head of RTG) spoke of innovation that was enabled by a logical transition from planar transistors (single-gate, i.e. 2-D) to multi-gate (i.e. 3-D) technology, with a variant of 3-D transistors being called FinFET. If

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3D, AMD, Companies, CPU, Graphics, Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), VR World

Samsung Set To Produce 14nm Chips For AMD In 2016

According to HotHardware, Samsung is set to produce of 14nm chips for AMD, starting next year. This news comes as a bit of a surprise. AMD currently produces all its chips through one company, namely GlobalFoundries. In a nutshell, AMD now keeps all of their chip production with one single company – not a good business model in any situation. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) also used to build chips for AMD. But after yield and supply woes were constantly happening, it forced AMD to look elsewhere for help, and right now it’s looking in the direction of Samsung. The idea is to have at least

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VR World

How NVIDIA GRID Is Bringing GIS to Any Device, Anywhere

Life just got easier if your company is one of the 300,000 relying on Esri solutions to visually understand and analyze location data. That’s because the Esri ArcGIS Desktop Virtualization Appliance with NVIDIA GRID graphics virtualization technology is here. Now, geographic information systems (GIS) applications, like Esri ArcGIS Pro, can be delivered to users in the field, on any connected device. Previously, using ArcGIS Pro had been confined to high-end workstations. With NVIDIA GRID, users anywhere get the same high-end experience, but the application stays hosted in the data center. Whether for city planning, military operations, facilities management or natural resource conservation, all sorts of organizations

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VR World

AMD’s RTG Presents its 2016 Technologies

At the recently held event in Sonoma, California, newly formed AMD spin-off gathered selected press representatives to brief them about the developments the new company is working on. With the Radeon Technologies Group spin-off, the focus should work on pushing away from politics (which lead to a lot ‘spilled digital ink’, like the R9 Nano ‘fair reviews’ affair) into technology and products. Recent hiring of Scott Wasson, founder and editor-and-chief of the Tech Report should help with the technology development and quality control. As we were not invited for the event, we will only bring you a verbatim copy of what came from Mrs. Caitlin, AMD’s Account Executive at Edelman PR Agency.

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3D, AMD, Companies, Hardware

AMD Launches the Low Profile Graphics Card for CAD Workstations

Today at Autodesk University 2015,  AMD unveiled the AMD FirePro™ W4300 low-profile graphics card solutions. These are designed for the best Computer-Aided Design (CAD) performance that fits both small form factor (SFF) and tower workstations.1 The AMD FirePro W4300 card expertly integrates a powerful GPU and 4GB of GDDR5 memory within a low-profile design for installation in SFF as well as full-sized systems. Organizations can now confidently simplify their IT management by standardizing on a single, capable professional graphics solution throughout their workstation deployment. The AMD FirePro W4300 professional graphics card is optimized for the latest CAD applications including Autodesk® AutoCAD, Inventor as well as Revit®,

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3D, AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

14nm AMD Greenland tapes out: Attack on NVIDIA Pascal, Intel Xeon Phi

Couple of days ago, GlobalFoundries issued a press release stating that they ‘demonstrated silicon success on the first AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced 14nm FinFET process technology.’ “FinFET technology is expected to play a critical foundational role across multiple AMD product lines, starting in 2016. GLOBALFOUNDRIES has worked tirelessly to reach this key milestone on its 14LPP process. We look forward to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ continued progress towards full production readiness and expect to leverage the advanced 14LPP process technology across a broad set of our CPU, APU, and GPU products,” said Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices.

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AMD, Analysis, Asia Pacific (APAC), Breaking, Business, China, Companies, CPU, Enterprise, Exclusive, Global Politics, Intel, Nvidia, US

Uncle Sam Shocks Intel With a Ban on Xeon Supercomputers in China

Just as Intel’s (NASDAQ: INTC) CEO Brian Krzanich opened the regular staff meeting before a dramatically reduced IDF2015 conference, in Shenzhen, China – it is a good time to review how government and enterprises don’t see eye to eye when it comes to strategic business. Remember the Tianhe-2 machine at Guangzhou Supercomputer Center, the current World’s number one according to Top 500 Supercomputer list? Unlike some other China supercomputers with their mixed architectures – Tianhe-2 is a fully Intel based machine,  the world’s largest assembly of Intel Xeon CPUs and Xeon Phi accelerators. Even after Intel ‘opened the kimono’ and gave a nearly 70%  discount on its processors and accelerators, it

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Exclusive, Hardware, Reviews, VR World

Asus Rampage V Extreme: An Overclocking Monster

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Asus’s Rampage V Extreme show why it is the king of the X99 motherboards with its sunning performance and the unbeatable uncore/cache overclocking.

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Hardware, VR World

Fractal Releases A Trio Of Kelvin Liquid CPU Coolers

Fractal Kelvin T12

Fractal’s new coolers should meet the needs of most users.

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Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Asus Introduces The GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum

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Asus’ new card comes with a strong cooler that should satisfy most enthusiasts and overclockers.

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VR World

Galax Brings Out The New GTX 970 Black Edition

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Galax has brought out its own addition to add to the growing lineup of small form factor GTX 970s, the new GTX 970 Black Edition and it is only 19cm long.

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Graphics, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, VR World

Top Five Graphics Cards of 2014

Graphics Cards

We take a look at the best graphics cards of 2014 and give you an idea of which are the five best of the year in terms of value, performance and price.

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Graphics, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, VR World

Top Five Graphics Cards of 2014

Graphics Cards

We take a look at the best graphics cards of 2014 and give you an idea of which are the five best of the year in terms of value, performance and price.

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Business, Graphics, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, Mobile Computing, VR World

Top Five Notebooks of 2014

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With the holidays approaching fast many people will be getting new notebooks this holiday season, we give you our pick for the top 5.

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Graphics, Hardware, VR World

MSI Announces The GTX 970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition

MSI just announced that they are making a special limited edition version of the Nvidia GTX 970 Gaming 4G, with with an all copper heatsink and heatpipes

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Android, Business, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Rumors, Software Programs, VR World

Nvidia In Discussions with 'Many' GPU Licensees

Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang talked about Nvidia’s GPU technology licensing discussions and possibilities during their latest earnings call with analysts.

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