PowerColor cooked up quite a beast with its new dual-GPU Devil 13 edition R9 390 X2 with 16GB
This model features two Radeon R9 390 GPUs clocked at 1000MHz and 16GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 5400MHz. The card is cooled by a massive triple-fan cooling solution with ten heatpipes and is powered by four 8-pin PCIe power connectors!
Display outputs include 2x DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
Pricing and availability is unknown, but this card is largely similar to the previous Devil 13 290X dual-GPU card so pricing will probably be around the $1,500 mark.
TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, has proudly announced a new and most powerful graphics card in the world among AMD Radeon R9 390 series. The PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 is packed with dual GRENADA core, designed to tackle the most demanding high end gaming titles on the market. It utilizes 16GB of GDDR5 memory with a core clock speed at 1000 MHz, and 1350 MHz for memory clock speed which is connected via a new high speed 512-bit X2 memory interface.
Platinum Materials, Double Blades Fan Design
PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 is built with carefully-designed Platinum Power Kit and ultra-efficient thermal design. It consists of massive 15-phase power delivery, PowerIRstage, Super Cap and Ferrite Core Choke that provides the stability and reliability for such high-end graphics solution. To support maximum performance and to qualify for the Devil 13 cooling system, 3 Double Blades Fans are attached on top of the enormous surface of aluminum fins heatsink connected with total of 10 pieces of heat pipes and 2 pieces of large die-cast panels. This superb cooling solution achieves a perfect balance between thermal solution and noise reduction. The PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 has the LED backlighting that glows a bright red color, pulsating slowly on the Devil 13 logo.
Luxury Packing and Bundling
The Dual BIOS button design allows gamers to pursuit extreme performance in the easiest way to control. Four units of 8 pin PCI-E power connector draws more power offering constant and stable power input. What’s more, to honor Devil 13 users, we have included the top-notch gaming mouse, the Razer Ouroboros, as a free gift inside the box. Why? Simply because we strongly believe our Devil 13 users deserves to have the best of the best.
Taiwanese chip foundry TSMC expects its electricity consumption could increase by over 50 percent in ten years as it migrates to more advanced technologies. Faced with power shortage problems in Taiwan, DigiTimes writes the foundry is exploring the possibility of generating electricity at its factories by installing generators or perhaps even building its own power plant, to ensure the company is not adversely impacted by electricity conserving measures.
TSMC has already made inquiries with Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and government-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) about the feasibility of building its own power generators and related regulatory matters, the sources disclosed.
According to Taiwan's Power Industry Law, companies can set up power generating equipment for use at their own factory sites. In other words, the law has to be revised to allow TSMC to build its own power plant, the sources observed.
Google is making some progress to work on one of Chrome's worst issues: its memory problems. Neowin reports that starting with version 45, Chrome will start clearing up unused RAM when you're not using a tab. On top of this, the browser also changes the way it restores tabs:
With version 45, Chrome will now start prioritising which tabs to open when you restore tabs - or choose the option to 'continue where you left off'. The tabs which you viewed most recently will be loaded first, allowing you to quickly get back to what you were doing before Chrome crashed or you accidentally closed the window. Also, if your computer is low on memory, the browser will stop automatically loading all tabs, focusing only on those deemed important.
In the meantime, when you're not using a tab, the browser will start clearing up unused RAM, with the company expecting improvements of as much as 10%. A test on Gmail showed even more, saving approximately 25% memory compared to Chrome 43.
The horrendous launch of the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight resulted in the game being pulled from Steam at the end of June. After more than two months of work, WB Games has issued a patch that seems to fix a lot of the performance issues. Gamers report the update makes the game more playable, but more work is still required to get it up to par with the console versions. Others write that while some things are fixed, other things are broken now so it may not be a bad idea to wait a bit longer for the next update(s).
Good news - testing for the interim patch has been completed and it is now available for those who already have Batman: Arkham Knight for PC. As a reminder, below are some of the major fixes and improvements that will be addressed with this patch:
Reduced frame rate hitches
Optimizations for system memory and VRAM usage
Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)
More Comprehensive In-Game Settings
Fixed low resolution texture bugs
Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)
In addition to the above, we’re continuing to work on the following for future updates:
Adding support for SLI and Crossfire
Adding support for the latest DLC & Season Pass content
Adding support for additional updates such as Photo Mode
Continued improvements and bug fixing for a Windows 7 specific memory issue that occurs on configurations with 8GB of system RAM and some NVIDIA GPUs during extended game play
Continued improvements for Windows 10 specific issues on systems with some AMD GPUs
As always, we will monitor for any additional issues that come up and will provide further optimizations and bug fixes along the way.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience and invaluable feedback. We’ll provide ongoing updates here as they are made available. In the meantime, please enjoy the game with the latest patch.
Western Digital announced it's simplifying its consumer HDD lineup around two series: the Blue and Black lineup. This means the Green series will disappear, WD sales manager Barber Brinkman confirmed to Tweakers that the Green lineup will be merged with the Blue lineup.
The reason for the change is the declining volume of HDD sales, caused by the shrinking PC market and the shift of demand towards SSDs. The Green lineup focuses on energy efficiency and quiet operation.
The Green HDDs in the EZRX series will be available until the end of November. In October, WD will release more information and a media campaign to announce the change.
After the change goes into effect, WD's Blue lineup will feature four distinct lines. You will have 3.5" models that spin at 5400RPM or 7200RPM, as well as 2.5" disks that spin at 5400RPM or 7200RPM.
Acer reveals the Revo Build, a rather unique Windows 10 computer that can be upgraded in a Lego brick-like fashion.
The system consists of a main PC base unit, this unit measures 125mm x 125mm and features an Intel Skylake based Pentium or Celeron class processor, 8GB RAM (which can be upgraded by loosening just one screw) and 32GB of storage.
Users can easily upgrade the base system with extra Blocks, these units attach magnetically to the base unit and to each other. The base unit of the Revo Build starts shipping in October in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for 249EUR.
Examples of blocks include a storage block with a 500GB or 1TB hot-swappable portable HDD, a wireless power bank for wireless device charging, an audio block with speakers and microphones and a graphics block with a discrete graphics card. At launch, the only block available will be the storage block. Acer promises additional blocks will be "rolled out gradually".
There were some rumors about an upcoming 4K phone from Sony and these just got confirmed with the introduction of the Xperia Z5 Premium!
Sony's new high-end phone features a 5.5" 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K) screen with a pixel density of 806ppi! The device features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB RAM, and a 23MP camera with 4K recording capability. Sony also made the device dust and waterproof, it's rated at IP65/68.
It ships this Fall but the pricing is still unknown.
Reports are going around that NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 990M flagship card for the laptop market will be based on a fully-fledged GM204 GPU - the same chip that powers the GeForce GTX 980 desktop card. KitGuru writes the mobile card will have 2048 stream processors, 128 texture units, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit memory bus. The GPU clockspeed is said to be 1190MHz, based on hands-on experiences with the watercooled ROG GX700 laptop from ASUS at the IFA show in Berlin.
The new GeForce GTX 990M should demonstrate performance on par with desktop GeForce GTX 980, which means that the new graphics adapter will be the highest-performing graphics solution for mobile computers. Thermal design power of the fully-fledged GM204 is pretty high, hence, the GeForce GTX 990M will be used only for ultra-high-end laptops.
Previously it was expected that Nvidia will use a version of its GM200 graphics chip for its GeForce GTX 990M adapter. However, even at low clock-rate, the GM200 may be too hot and power-hungry for laptops.
A couple of months ago with the launch of the Fury X it was already problematic for a lot of tech sites to get a card to review and with the soon-to-be-released Radeon R9 Nano it's only going to get worse.
Scott Wasson from The Tech Report just confirmed his site will not be getting a Radeon R9 Nano sample from AMD, which is quite strange since he operates one of the largest computer hardware review sites:
Although we've covered the Fiji GPU and the Radeon R9 Nano graphics card closely since it was first announced, I've just been informed that AMD has chosen not to provide TR with a product sample for review. The reasons behind this decision aren't clear to me, but whatever.
A clear reason isn't provided but it seems AMD wants to avoid negative reviews and I suspect it's going to be hard to write a glowing recommendation for the R9 Nano when its costs $649.
Lian Li shows off an interesting new cube-like case; the PC-V33. Designed for regular ATX motherboards, this 334mm x 352mm x 390mm (W x H x D) sized aluminium case features a two-compartment design. The chassis has easy-to open side doors, it promises a screw-free and toolless design and has a unique flip-open canopy, offering easy access to the interior of the case. The PC-V33 supports a watercooling radiator of up to 240mm, a full-sized 330mm long PSU and a VGA card with a maximum length of 330mm.
It weighs just 4.1kg and has room for four 2.5" or 3.5" storage disks and seven PCI expansion slots. Cooling is provided by two 120mm rear fans and two optional 120mm front fans. Like many new cases, the PC-V33 does not support 5.25" drives.
The case is available in three versions; the silver and black versions have a MSRP of $199 while the black version with tempered glass side wall costs $229.
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces the PC-V33. Available in 3 choices: brushed aluminum in silver or black, or internal black with a tempered glass side door. The PC-V33 does not restrict PSU, GPU or main board choice due to size or power consumption: it's designed to accommodate full-sized gaming hardware in a compact form-factor. Its cube styling makes it a companion you can take with anywhere you need full-sized computing and still have room for a 240 mm water cooling radiator to be mounted inside. The most unique feature is the canopy top that opens the whole cube for easy building.
Signature Lian Li Aluminum Design
The newly designed illuminated power button is now made out of the same high grade brushed aluminum as the whole case. The pop-out side doors detach and reattach effortlessly, yet remain firmly in place. The front and top panels form a canopy as a single fold of aluminum, adding strength and beauty to the cube case. When hinged open, the case internals become accessible in the same manner as a test bench, allowing system builders to install the components and change them with ease without any walls in the way. Dual 120mm case fans or up to a 240mm water cooling radiator can fit internally on the front bracket that also holds the magnetically attached air intake filter.
Dual Compartment Air Flow Management
The PC-V33 uses vents and internal compartments to manage heat and dust inside the case. The floor of the main board compartment acts as a barrier so CPU and GPU heat does not affect the PSU or drives. The included 120mm fan vents the top compartment through the newly designed rear vent. The bottom compartment filters air for the PSU that is vented right out the back. The drives have their own 120mm exhaust fan with the aggressive new vent hole pattern.
New Shock-Absorbing Drive Cage
The PC-V33 uses a new drive cage with the same rubber dampening system found in Taipei 101 to eliminate vibrations, ensuring the drives do not produce any noise. This cage can be half removed or fully removed for added flexibility. Horizontal mounting ensures air flow and correct alignment for long life.
Full ATX sized Hardware Compatibility
The PC-V33 supports up to a full ATX motherboard in the top compartment with pre-installed standoffs that fit mini-ITX, mATX and ATX motherboards. It can house CPU coolers up to 190mm in height and VGA cards up to 330mm long. The bottom compartment can fit up to a 300mm long PSU and any combination of 4 3.5” or 2.5” drives on the anti vibration cage.
Optional Adjustable RGB Interior Lighting
DIY enthusiasts can adjust the interior lighting through the optional RGB lighting kit complete with LED strips, cord clip, dimmer and controller. The rear mounted controller allows instant analog color selection. Guaranteed to fit and show off your custom interior.