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New AMD Z-Series APU for Tablets Enables Immersive Experience for Upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 Platforms
AMD announced its latest entry in the performance tablet and small form factor PC market with the AMD Z-60 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD Z-60 is AMD’s lowest power APU, delivering unprecedented performance and AMD AllDay power for tablet form factors as thin as 10mm. A compelling combination of features, stunning graphics, support for the latest Microsoft Windows 8 applications and user interfaces, as well as compatibility with Windows 7 and the full-suite of legacy Windows applications, makes the AMD Z-60 APU an ideal solution for a range of designs. The first tablets based on the AMD Z-60 APU are expected to launch globally this year in conjunction with availability of Windows 8. “Tablet users seeking an uncompromised experience for both creating and consuming content on the Microsoft Windows 8 platform now have a performance-driven, affordable option with the AMD Z-60 APU,” said Steve Belt, corporate vice president of Ultra-Low Power Products, AMD. “We see a large gap between the lower performance and high-price competitive offerings that allow AMD to be in tablet designs that will please our customers and end users alike.” The AMD Z-60 APU comes loaded with features designed to enhance the tablet experience, including AMD Start Now technology that allows fast boot and resume from sleep times, up to eight hours of battery life while Web browsing, and up to six hours of HD video playback. Just as impressive is the stunning visua...
Meet the 2nd-Generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) – formerly codenamed “Trinity”
New AMD A-Series Processors Bring Faster Speeds, High Core Count and AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series Graphics to Do-It-Yourself PC Enthusiasts and Gamers With up to 4 “Piledriver” Cores, 4.2 GHz of Processing Speed and the New FM2 Infrastructure, the Latest AMD APUs Enable an Immersive Microsoft Windows 8 experience and an Easy Upgrade Path SUNNYVALE, Calif. —10/2/2012 AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced retail and distribution channel availability of its second generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) for desktop, small form-factor and home theater PCs. These new APUs target do-it-yourself (DIY) PC builders, mainstream gamers and value-added resellers who want to upgrade their PC infrastructure with affordable performance, discrete-level graphics, multiple cores and fast processing for outstanding responsiveness. The second generation desktop AMD A-Series APU is available at prices ranging from $53 to $122 USD1. Compared to similarly priced competitive offerings, the new APUs offer more cores, more speed, best-in-class entertainment experiences and an easy upgrade path based on a stable socket infrastructure2. AMD APU users also gain access to the AMD AppZone and a comprehensive list of accelerated applications that leverage the full compute power of the APU. With hardware-accelerated support for DirectX® 11 on AMD Radeon™ graphics and AMD Eyefinity technology delivering a more immersive experience, the AMD A-Series APUs are the ideal solution fo...
It has been sometime since we have seen any big changes from the AMD Camp. Intel successfully released IvyBridge months ago, and AMD seemingly gave up the chase for the performance crown after Bulldozer didn't live up to expectations. These factors, plus industry conditions over the last few years, changed AMD's business strategy. Now they are instead focusing on their successful APU's (Accelerated Processing Units) as well as the mobile sector. For those not familiar with AMD's APU's, they developed the world's first processor that was coupled with an on-die graphics processing unit. They called it Fusion technology. Fusion started in 2011 with AMD's "E" series processors codenamed Zacate, which did not offer very high performance; however, it was AMD's first round with their new Fusion technology. Zacate did not make a huge impact in the desktop market, but it offered a low price in primarily the laptop market. It also offered a much better integrated graphics package than its rival Intel. Although Zacate was AMD's entry level product, it offered a better all around package than Intel's Atom processors at a lower price point. Next came the long awaited Llano platform that was based on the same Fusion technology. It included the same x86 cores as Zacate, and it had up to four cores using a 32nm die coupled with a Radeon 6550D on-die GPU (400 Radeon cores). We saw up to 90% of the performance of AMD's retired Phenom II series, and the icing on the cake was that this...
Over the past several years we have seen some impressive air coolers. The competition is fierce, and nearly every brand has had some great products. There is always someone looking to take king of the hill in reputation. Today we will be looking at Deepcool's new Assassin Air Cooler to see if it can take that spot. The Assassin Cooler by Deepcool is designed for hardcore gamers looking for extreme performance without having to spend a huge amount of money on water cooling. The twin tower designed cooler could potentially give some of those all-in-one water cooling kits a run for their money. Today we will put it through its paces and see if that is true. At a glance, it appears that the design engineers of the Assassin really want to make this cooler one of kind. The specific design of the aluminum fins isn't something we have seen before, and it really makes an impression. They didn't stop there though, even the hardware included with the cooler was first class, right down to the fans, the nuts and the bolts. Right off we are taken with the unique design. The massive heat pipe this cooler includes is really breath taking. As we delve deeper into the Storm Assassin during this review you will see how Deepcool may have really taken the crown in the air cooler market. Before we move forward lets talk a little more about Deepcool as a company.
We've seen a few other FleX models, notably the Sapphire 7950 FleX which proved rather worthy in terms of horsepower and cooling prowess. This 7770 FleX is considerably less powerful, so the beauty of Eyefinity gaming might also be a bit less satisfying. But what about price? At about $150, it looks like Sapphire might again have a good value card. We've typically found the Sapphire FleX cards to be very impressive, so let's take a closer look at the Sapphire 7770 FleX and see if it has the power to tackle Eyefinity gaming. Click through for more.
There are several instances, especially in technology, when taking up less space is important. Finding a good low profile cooler can be challenging, especially since the more compact designs don't always have the reputation of high performance. Today we will be looking at a low profile CPU Cooler that is designed be able to keep up with some of the popular larger coolers, yet do it in a more compact size. We have a low profile CPU Cooler by Noctua on the test-bench, and this one is called the NH-L12.
The Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X comes with a custom cooler, and if history is any indication, we expect very big things from this Vapor-X technology, as Sapphire typically produces some of the coolest-running Radeon cards out there. Perhaps more importantly, however, the 7970 Vapor-X sports a factory overclock, to the tune of a 1GHz clock speed. This should provide enough of a speed boost for it to better competes against the competition's offerings. Can the Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X live up to the expectations? Click through to find out.
AMD has good news for those looking to build or upgrade an AMD powered system as they are lowering their prices on processors across the board as well as adding the new four core Socket AM3+ FX-4130, with a 3.8GHz base clock and 3.9GHz in Turbo. It is not yet for sale but is expected to retail for $112, easily affordable for most users looking for a lower cost system. “The value proposition for the first generation AMD A-Series APUs is also compelling: A quad-core CPU and a DirectX® 11 highly-capable gaming GPU on a single-chip with more than 500 GFLOPs of compute power, for under $100 (A8 3850). Working together, the CPU and GPU can accelerate a range of applications to outperform a stand-alone CPU in some use cases. The lower-power first generation AMD A-Series APUs are even more affordable and are receiving positive reviews for small-form factor HTPCs as well. Price reductions across the first generation AMD A-Series APUs stack are in effect now, so please check your local retailer!” Source: AMD
With the popularity of HTPC and small form factor gaming chassis on the rise, we are always searching for the perfect set-up. Today we will be looking at the Xigmatek Gigas HTPC / Gaming chassis. In today's review you will see that Xigmatek has put some real thought into this chassis and kept function and cooling in mind with it. From a design stand point they have kept it simple, with a nice sleek curved front. This makes the chassis look like its one solid piece of hardware and doesn't break up the lines of this attractive design. Before we dive into this review lets first talk a little about the company Xigmatek. Will the Xigmatek Gigas HTPC chassis' build quality and value match its good looks? Read the full article to find out!
Introduction With the large variety of CPU cooling options in today’s market we strive to look for the best cooling options. Today we will be looking at the Spire TME III CPU Cooler. Spire may not be as mainstream as other brands but don’t let the name fool you. Spire was established in 1998, and is a premier leading Computer Thermal Solution supplier across the world. When choosing the proper cooling solution we always want to look at the performance and compare it to pricing. This review will show that Spire has made a name for itself with the performance and features this cooler has to offer. We will be looking at some installation and benchmarks with this cooler on both AMD and Intel Platforms. Let’s take a look at what this cooler has to offer.