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Aqua Computer shows off Radeon R9 295X2 full-cover waterblock April 22, 2014 - 14:29
Swiftech Apogee XL flagship waterblock is out April 22, 2014 - 10:35
Chinese tablet makers favor Intel and MediaTek April 22, 2014 - 08:32
AMD Catalyst 14.4 RC arrives April 22, 2014 - 08:16
No 20nm GPUs from AMD in 2014 either April 22, 2014 - 08:14
ASUS Z97 Deluxe motherboard gets pictured too April 21, 2014 - 16:58
ASUS Z97 ROG Maximus VII series gets pixellized April 21, 2014 - 16:54
Intel Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt controllers gets detailed April 21, 2014 - 16:48
NVIDIA GM204 and GM206 not going to arrive until Q4 2014? April 21, 2014 - 15:57
AMD officially reveals new Never Settle Forever bundles April 21, 2014 - 15:53
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MSI R9 295X2 is now available April 21, 2014 - 15:41
AMD 64-bit Seattle ARM CPUs slated for late 2014 April 18, 2014 - 12:08
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AMD posts first quarter net loss of $20 million April 18, 2014 - 10:00
Globalfoundries licenses Samsung 14nm FinFET technology April 18, 2014 - 09:30
AMD to launch new Never Settle Forever bundle next week April 17, 2014 - 11:57
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22 2014 @ 14:29:47 CEST by
Aqua Computer announces the availability of a full-cover waterblock for AMD's Radeon R9 295X2. The cooler is available on the company's website starting from 169.90EUR.
The German-based liquid cooling specialist Aqua Computer has added the full cover water block kryographics Vesuvius for R9 295X2 cards to its portfolio. The block is entirely made in Germany and milled from 2.72kg high-purity electrolytic copper raw material. It covers the GPUs, all RAM chips, the voltage regulators and the PCIe bridge chip. All areas are covered by the flow path of the cooling liquid to provide an excellent cooling performance.

Both GPUs are covered by a micro structure with a 0.5mm grid. The water flows through both structures in parallel which allows an even temperature for both GPUs. To achieve this effect the cooling structures use a different depth which makes sure that the same amount of water flows through both of them.

The contact surface of the base is high gloss polished. To gain the last bit of cooling performance the kryographics Vesuvius for R9 295X2 allows using thermal grease instead of thermal pads for the RAM chips. Like the base the Plexiglas cover is also milled from a solid block. To avoid the risk of cracks Aqua Computer uses casted Plexiglas and does not drill any threads inside the cover. The cover is held in place by a stainless steel frame which allows for an evenly distributed pressure.

For an easy installation the block comes with preassembled distance pieces so the screws can be tightened as far as they will go to achieve an optimal contact pressure. The block can be used with regular G1/4" fittings and the connection terminal offers threads into both directions. The regular connection terminal can be also exchanged with the optional kryoconnect adapter which can be used for Crossfire setups. To honor the GPUs and graphics cards codenames the block also features a little map of Hawaii which is integrated into the flow path and a little engraved volcano can be found on a stainless steel insert.

The block with a copper base is available for 169.90 Euro while a nickel plated variant will follow soon for 184.90 Euro. Both variants will be also available with a smoked Plexiglas top.

Those who look for the ultimate cooling experience will be also able to purchase a passive and active backplate. They will be available later in May; prices are TBA.
Aqua Computer Radeon R9 295X2
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22 2014 @ 10:35:40 CEST by
Swiftech introduces the Apogee XL, the company's new flagship waterblock. According to the company, the new model delivers enhanced thermal and hydraulic performance versus its predecessors. Other than that, the block features four interchangeable color plates so you can match the block lighting to that of a case mod. The MSRP is $64.95.
The Apogee™ XL is Swiftech's new flagship CPU waterblock. It features:
  • Fine-tuned thermal performance for the most recent Intel® and AMD® processors
  • Reduced flow restriction
  • Visual enhancements with an LED back-lit front logo plate available with 4 included color plates for blue (as shipped), red, green and clear lighting

    Compatibility:
  • Socket 1155 (configured by default)
  • Socket 2011 (additional hardware included)
  • AMD Desktop processors: sockets 754, 939, 940, AM2/+, AM3/+, F, FM1, FM2 (additional hardware included)
  • Optional: back-plate for legacy Socket 775 and 1366

  • Fittings compatibility: All G1/4 fittings
  • Swiftech Apogee XL
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    Posted on Tuesday, April 22 2014 @ 08:32:56 CEST by
    DigiTimes reports Chinese white-box tablet makers are now mainly using Intel and Mediatek for their 3G and LTE-enabled models. In both case the main reason is the pricing, Intel gives big subsidies to manufacturers that put its chips into tablets while MediaTek's solutions are priced attractively versus competing products.
    In the past, low-cost solutions from chipmakers such as Allwinner Technology and Rockchip were the favorites among white-box manufacturers, but as demand for 3G and LTE tablets is picking up, white-box players have started seeking options to produce such tablets at lower costs, the sources noted.

    ...

    Intel's 7-inch tablet solution is currently priced at about US$20 and the 7.85-inch one around US$27. With a LTE module, which raises the overall cost by about US$20, a 7-inch Intel-based white-box tablet currently has an ex-factory price of about US$50, the sources detailed.

    A 3G white-box tablet using MediaTek's solution has a competitive ex-factory price of US$39.9, the sources added.

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    Posted on Tuesday, April 22 2014 @ 08:16:34 CEST by
    AMD Graphics logo
    AMD issued the Catalyst 14.4 Release Candidate driver, you can download it over here.

    Here's the full changelog:

    Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 14.4 Release Candidate Driver for Windows

      • Support for the AMD Radeon™ R9 295X
      • CrossFire™ fixes enhancements:
        • Crysis 3 – frame pacing improvements
        • Far Cry 3 – 3 and 4 GPU performance improvements at high quality settings, high resolution settings
        • Anno 2070 – Improved CrossFire scaling up to 34%
        • Titanfall – Resolved in game flickering with CrossFire enabled
        • Metro Last Light – Improved Crossfire scaling up to 10%
        • Eyefinity 3x1 (with three 4K panels) no longer cuts off portions of the application
        • Stuttering has been improved in certain applications when selecting mid-Eyefinity resolutions with V-sync Enabled
      • Full support for OpenGL 4.4
        • OpenGL 4.4 supports the following extensions:
          • ARB_buffer_storage
          • ARB_enhanced_layouts
          • ARB_query_buffer_object
          • ARB_clear_texture
          • ARB_texture_mirror_clamp_to_edge
          • ARB_texture_stencil8
          • ARB_vertex_type_10f_11f_11f_rev
          • ARB_multi_bind
          • ARB_bindless_texture
          • ARB_spare_texture
          • ARB_seamless_cubemap_per_texture
          • ARB_indirect_parameters
          • ARB_compute_variable_group_size
          • ARB_shader_draw_parameters
          • ARB_shader_group_vote
      • Mantle beta driver improvements: 
        • BattleField 4: Performance slowdown is no longer seen when performing a task switch/Alt-tab
        • BattleField 4: Fuzzy images when playing in rotated SLS resolution with an A10 Kaveri system

    Known Issues  

      • System will TDR or BSOD when encoding with Power Director 11
      • Driver installation might result in a black screen when installing on a Dual AMD Radeon R9 295X configuration under Windows 8.1 on specific platforms (see below).   The issue can be overcome by rebooting the PC; upon reboot the display driver will be installed.  The remaining Catalyst components can then be installed.
        • ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z (990FX)
        • ASUS Maximus VI Extreme (Z87
        • ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (X79)

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    Posted on Tuesday, April 22 2014 @ 08:14:57 CEST by
    AMD Graphics logo
    Yesterday news hit the wire that NVIDIA is unlikely to launch 20nm GPUs until the end of the year or early 2015 and now TPU points out that AMD senior vice-president Lisa Su confirmed during the company's Q1 earnings call that it won't have any 20nm chips this year either.

    AMD plans to stick with 28nm throughout this year, only later will it move on to 20nm and FinFET after that. The main issue behind the delay seems to be TSMC's inability to deliver a mature 20nm process.
    AMD and NVIDIA manufacture their GPUs on a common foundry, TSMC, which has faced delays in implementing its 20 nanometer silicon fab node transition, forcing both companies to come up with new GPUs on existing 28 nm nodes. A huge leap in performance could be a tough ask for those new GPUs. NVIDIA is expected to tape out its performance-segment GM204 and mid-range GM206 chips, both of which are 28 nm, later this month, and the first GeForce GTX products based on the two are expected to roll out by late-Q4 2014 and early-Q1 2015, respectively.

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    Posted on Monday, April 21 2014 @ 16:58:07 CEST by
    TPU also dug up pictures of the ASUS Z97 Deluxe. This motherboard has a more minimalistic heatsink design than its predecessor and adopts a champagne color scheme instead of the bright gold.
    The Z97 Deluxe is packed to the brim with features, beginning with a 16-phase CPU VRM. The LGA1150 socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. Storage connectivity appears to include six SATA 6 Gb/s, one SATA-Express, one M.2, and possibly one or more eSATA. Other connectivity includes 8-channel HD audio with ground-layer isolation, dual gigabit-Ethernet interfaces, WLAN, and a large number of USB 3.0 ports.
    ASUS Z97 Deluxe
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    Posted on Monday, April 21 2014 @ 16:54:36 CEST by
    Details about ASUS' upcoming Z97-based ROG Maximus VII lineup have hit the web. The new series consists of three models: the ATX-sized Hero and Ranger and the Gene with a Micro-ATX form factor. Full details at TPU:
    The Maximus VII Ranger features two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots wired to the CPU (x8/x8 with both populated), the third one is wired to the Z97 PCH, and is electrical x4. The board appears to feature a simple 8-phase CPU VRM, six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, an M.2 slot, SupremeFX audio, and a single gigabit Ethernet connection, probably made by Intel. Moving on, the Maximus VII Hero. Which could feature a meatier CPU VRM, eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, one M.2, a similar expansion slot layout to the Ranger, and probably more connectivity options. The Maximus VII Gene is a feature-rich micro-ATX board, with a similar CPU VRM to the Maximus VII Hero, two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, an addition PCI-Express x1, an M.2, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Its connectivity appears to include a WLAN card with 802.11 ac.
    ASUS ROG Maximus VII motherboards
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    Posted on Monday, April 21 2014 @ 16:48:18 CEST by
    Intel logo
    Intel is preparing Alpine Ridge, its next generation Thunderbolt controller. It's expected to be introduced in 2015, aroun the time when the chip giant launches its Skylake processors. The next-gen Thunderbolt will be wired to the processor instead of the motherboard chipset, it promises a bandwidth of up to 40Gbps and power delivery of up to 100W.

    The Thunderbolt connector itself will receive an update, the new connector will be just 3mm thick. Unfortunately, this breaks backwards compatibility and will requires you to use adapters with older-generation Thunderbolt devices.
    With PCIe 3.0 x4 or PCIe 3.0 x2 links at its disposal, the controller can push data at a staggering 40 Gbps. The link can also ferry DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, and USB 3.0 data through its link layer. That bandwidth should enable you to plug in up to two Ultra HD displays, apart from your storage array.
    Intel Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt controller
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    Posted on Monday, April 21 2014 @ 15:57:06 CEST by
    NVIDIA logo
    TPU picked up word that NVIDIA's GM204 and GM206 GPUs will tape out later this month on the 28nm process, meaning these products won't arrive until sometime in Q4 2014 or potentially even as late as January 2015. The fact that these chips are still 28nm either means that NVIDIA is confident that its Maxwell GPU will run efficiently enough on the existing 28nm process or that TSMC is having significant problems with its 20nm rollout.
    GM204 succeeds GK104 as the company's next workhorse performance-segment silicon, which could power graphics card SKUs ranging all the way from US $250 to $500. An older report suggests that it could feature as many as 3,200 CUDA cores. The GM204 could be taped out in April 2014, and the first GeForce products based on it could launch no sooner than December 2014. The GM206 is the company's next mid-range silicon, which succeeds GK106. It will tape out in April, alongside the GM204, but products based on it will launch only in January 2015. The GM200 is a different beast altogether. There's no mention of which process the chip will be based on, but it will succeed the GK110, and should offer performance increments worthy of being a successor. For that, it has to be based on the 20 nm process. It will tape-out in June 2014, and products based on it will launch only in or after Q2 2015.

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    Posted on Monday, April 21 2014 @ 15:53:28 CEST by
    AMD logo
    AMD introduces its new Never Settle Forever game bundles, you can find the exact details over here. Depending on the eligible graphics card you buy, you can get between one to three free games from AMD.
    AMD today announced a refresh of "Never Settle Forever", the popular game bundle program for AMD Radeon products. Starting today, the "Never Settle Forever" promotion will be available to a wider range of AMD Radeon graphics cards, spanning the R7 Series graphics to the ultra-enthusiast AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. For the first time ever, the "Never Settle Forever" program will be rolled out to AMD's entry-level graphics products: the AMD Radeon R7 250X, R7 250 and R7 240 GPUs.

    AMD's "Never Settle Forever" is dedicated to letting gamers select from a strong line-up of in-demand games as a reward for choosing AMD Radeon graphics. Users will receive up to three choices of free games when they redeem their AMD Radeon Reward coupon. The actual number of available choices will vary by Rewards tier: Gold, Silver or Bronze.

    "We're happy to introduce this next chapter for our highly successful 'Never Settle Forever' program, delivering on the promise we made a year ago with our Unified Gaming Strategy," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "AMD's unrivaled graphics technology, combined with our ever-growing game developer partnerships, demonstrates that we are leading and shaping the gaming industry."

    Square Enix's upcoming title, "Murdered: Soul Suspect", will be available in the Radeon Gold and Silver Rewards of "Never Settle Forever" for the first time. Optimized for the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, gamers can secure an early code for the game that may be redeemed when the title launches in June 2014.

    "With 'Murdered: Soul Suspect', we're looking forward to continuing the tradition of collaboration between Square Enix and AMD," said Naoto Sugiyama, executive producer, "Murdered: Soul Suspect". "We're dedicated to bringing world-class experiences for PC gamers and look forward to the launch of our game in AMD's 'Never Settle Forever' program."

    For the first time ever, AMD is also pleased to announce the inclusion of PC titles from independent game developers to the "Never Settle Forever" program as one of the redemption options. Bundled in sets as an "indie pack," gamers may choose one indie pack consisting of two indie titles as one of their game selection choices. The roster of titles includes:

  • "The Banner Saga", developed by Stoic Studio and published by Versus Evil
  • "Dyad", developed and published by ][, (Right Square Bracket Left Square Bracket)
  • "Guacamelee!" -- developed and published by Drinkbox Studios
  • "Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack" -- developed and published by Drinkbox Studios

    "We're excited to have 'The Banner Saga' as one of the first ever titles from an independent game developer to be offered through AMD's 'Never Settle Forever' program," said Steve Escalante, GM, Versus Evil. "We're looking forward to the new audiences that our game can reach with Radeon users across the globe."

    "Our acclaimed titles are gaining serious momentum among gamers of all ages," said Graham Smith, co-founder, Drinkbox Studios. "The introduction of indie packs to 'Never Settle Forever' is a great collaboration for AMD and Drinkbox Studios as entry-level AMD Radeon graphics cards can provide solid performance in both of our popular games."

    This "Never Settle Forever" offer will be available starting today at participating retailers and e-tailers. Gamers can redeem right away or save their codes in anticipation of upcoming titles until the promotion ends Aug. 31, 2014. For more information, please visit: http://www.amd.com/neversettleforever

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