hassan mujtaba
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Diehard PC Gamer and Hardware Enthusiast. I mainly cover the Hardware and Gaming Section on WCCFtech.
XFX Radeon R9 290X Double Dissipation_Box
Hardware

XFX, the leading manufacturer and AIC partner of AMD graphics cards has unleashed their latest Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation series (via Videocardz) graphic cards with a hot new  design scheme. Both cards feature an fully custom PCB, double dissipation cooler and an illuminated XFX logo which lights up the shroud.

XFX Radeon R9 290X Double Dissipation

XFX Unleashes The Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Series

Several AMD manufacturers have started unveiling their custom creations of the AMD Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 graphic cards after a long wait of one month. XFX hit this market with their own flagship Double dissipation design scheme which has looked and performed well on the Radeon R9 280X, Radeon R9 270X and several entry level graphic cards.

The Double Dissipation cooler is now tasked to cool AMD’s flagship Hawaii chip lying beneath the hood of the Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 graphic cards. As we all know, the Radeon R9 290X features 2816 Stream processors, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs along with a 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM running along a 512-bit memory interface. The XFX Radeon R9 290X is clocked at 1000 MHz for the core and 5000 MHz effective clock for the memory. Power is provided through an 8+6 Pin configuration while display outputs include Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and a Display port.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Hardware

Sapphire Technology has unveiled their latest Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 Tri-X series graphic cards. The new Radeon R9 290X Tri-X features the triple slot Tri-X cooler along with a factory overclock which delivers faster performance over reference variants.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sapphire Unleashes The Radeon R9 290X Tri-X Series Graphics Cards

Sapphire has announced two Tri-X series based graphics cards today, the Radeon R9 290X Tri-X and Radeon R9 290 Tri-X. As we all know, the Radeon R9 290X features 2816 Stream processors, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs along with a 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM running along a 512-bit memory interface. The Sapphire Radeon R9 290X is clocked at 1040 MHz for the core and 5200 MHz effective clock for the memory. Power is provided through an 8+6 Pin configuration while display outputs include Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and a Display port. The card is priced at $569.99 US and would be available starting today.

The Radeon R9 290 on the other hand features the Hawaii Pro core with 2560 Stream processors, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, a 4 GB GDDR5 memory and a 512-bit bus interface. The clocks are maintained at 1000 MHz for the core and 5200 MHz effective clock for the memory. Power is provided through an 8+6 Pin configuration while display outputs include Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and a Display port. The card is priced at $429.99 US and would be available starting today.

SATA Express logo
Hardware

TweakTown has posted a teaser of an upcoming ASUS motherboard which features the new SATA Express interface. Intel was reportedly planning to make a switch to SATA Express interface on their motherboards   based on the 9-Series chipset which will support the Haswell Refresh and Broadwell-K series processors.ASUS SATA Express Interface

Images are courtesy of TweakTown!

ASUS Motherboard With SATA Express Interface Teased

The SATA Express interface has been teased on a ASUS motherboard which looks similar to their recent Z87 Legacy lineup. There’s a possibility that this could be based off the Z97 chipset which Intel plans to launch in Q2 2014. Either that or ASUS could have somehow managed to fuse the SATA Express ports on their current Z87 chipset motherboards.

SATA Express will come in the form of two connectors, one for PCI-E and SSD while the other would be limited to PCI-E and we are looking at a completely new connector design. The SATA Express interface can transmit both PCI Express and SATA signal and will come with a bulky new cable for PCI-E while SATA-IO is said to be making a different one for the SSDs. The connector will be backwards compatible with SATA 3 6GB/s so you can plug in your current SATA 3 compliant devices in to the ports easily.

MSI Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr IV
Hardware

Custom models of AMD’s recently launched Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 have been highly anticipated by consumers and it seems like the wait will finally be over in a month’s time. Expected in mid-January, AMD will give the green light to its board partners who will unleash their latest non-reference based solutions which will offer improved cooling and graphics performance out of AMD’s flagship Hawaii chip. Launch of the custom boards are expected on 17th January 2014.

Custom Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Available For Pre-Order

Several custom Radeon R9 290X graphic cards are going to launch from AICs such as ASUS, HIS, MSI, Sapphire, XFX, Gigabyte and a few more but we will just be focusing on two cards at the moment that have actually been listed. Prices vary for both models since they are being sold by different retailers but we should expect a similar price point once they go on sale in mid-January 2014.

ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II W/ Battlefield 4 - £499.99 At Overclockers.Co.Uk

ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC GPU

Stacked memory
Hardware Industry

AMD has announced that it would be jointly working with memory manufacturer SK Hynix in the development of next generation High-bandwdith 3D Stacked memory products and solutions. Currently, there seems to be a huge need of bandwidth in processors (accelerated processing units) and graphic cards which require huge bandwidth output from the memory to sustain the graphical workload, this issues won’t be fixed until higher bandwidth and stacked memory kicks off to full commercialization.

AMD Hynix HBM Stacked memory

AMD And Hynix Developing High-Bandwidth Stacked Memory

AMD is the first to announce this joint development with Hynix since they noted that 2.5/3D stacked memory has already started shipping in FPGAs and Image sensor devices yet nothing is available on the mainstream and high-performance side which includes graphic processing units, accelerated processing units and several processors.  Bryan Black, 3D program manager at AMD had the following to say:

 “..there is nothing yet in mainstream computing CPUs, GPUs or APUs” but that “HBM (high bandwidth memory) will change this.”  

“Getting 3D going will take a BOLD move and AMD is ready to make that move.” Black announced that AMD is co-developing HBM with SK Hynix which is currently sampling the HBM memory stacks and that AMD “…is ready to work with customers.” via Electroiq

So what is 3D Memory and how will it help solve the bandwidth crisis faced by APUs and GPUs? Die stacking mainly involves several memory chips stacked ontop of each other in a single die through 3D layering. This helps save both power consumption and space as you may have noted that current GPUs have memory arranged on the back when using excess of 4 GB VRAM such as the GeForce GTX Titan. This produces heat on both end so the less scattering of the chips on a board surface would result in lower temperatures for the PCB. The 3D Stacked memory would be used for both graphics, network memory as HBM and 3D Stacked design for Main memory.

AMD Radeon R7 260X Photo
Hardware

AMD has expanded their Volcanic Islands R200 series with a new graphics solution codenamed as the Radeon R7 260. The card is a non-X variant of the Radeon R7 260X graphics card featuring cut down specifications with price range of around $110 and would be available in Mid-January 2014.

Radeon R7 260

AMD Unveils The Radeon R7 260 ‘Bonaire Pro’ Graphics Card

The AMD Radeon R7 260 is quite interesting for where it has been positioned. From a technical side, the Radeon R7 260 features the Bonaire Pro core which has cut down specifications compared to the Bonaire XTX core which was utilized by the Radeon R7 260X. We are looking at a total of 768 Stream processors, a compute performance of 1.54 TFlops, 1 GB of GDDR5 memory and a low TDP of 95W which will be supplied through a single 6-Pin power connector.

Clocks are maintained at 1.0 GHz for the core while the memory operates at 6.0 GHz effective clock speed aside a 128-bit memory interface. The card is PCI-Express 3.0 compatible, comes with AMD TrueAudio support along with DirectX 11.2, Mantle API and OpenGL 4.3 support. If our sources are correct, then the AMD Radeon R7 260 will end up as a possible dual graphics solution with AMD’s next generation Kaveri APUs that are planned to launc in the same timeframe. Dual graphics with the Radeon R7 series will help leverage the GPU performance of these processors bringing great performance to cheaper PC setups.

ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC GPU
Hardware

ASUS’s upcoming Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC graphic cards has been leaked Sweclockers ahead of its launch scheduled for January 2014. The ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC ships with a factory overclock and custom PCB design which will leverage its performance over the reference boards and help improve the cooling capability of the graphic card.ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC GPU

ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC With 1050 MHz Clock

The ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II is an overclocked edition card hence it ships with a factory overclock out of box. From a technical perspective, we are looking at the default 2816 Stream processors, 176 Texture mapping units, 64 Render Backends and a 4 GB GDDR5 memory operating across a 512-bit interface. The clocks have been configured at 1050 MHz for the core and the memory runs at 1350 MHz (5.4 GHz effective) which is upped from its default state of 1000 MHz core and 1250 MHz (5.0 GHz effective) clock speeds.

The PCB is custom made and features ASUS’s Super Alloy Power technology with a robust 8-Phase DIGI+ VRM power delivery which gives the core enough power to overclock and run with maximum stability. The back of the PCB comes with specialized SAP CAPs which increase the overclocking headroom while the custom concrete alloy chokes help reduce the buzzing noise produced on reference variants. Juice is provided through an 8+6 Pin power configuration. The PCB is specifically designed for ASUS ROG enthusiasts hence has voltage read points at the back which are visible through the backplate.

Intel-Logo
Hardware

Intel’s upcoming Xeon processor lineup which include the Haswell-EP and Broadwell-EP series has been unveiled and detailed by VR-Zone. The upcoming Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 V3 processors will replace the Ivy Bridge-EP Xeon E5-2600 V2 series which were launched at IDF13 held in San Francisco.

Intel Broadwell-EP Xeon E5-2600 V4

Images are courtesy of VR-Zone!

Intel Xeon Processors Details Unveiled – Haswell-EP and Broadwell-EP To Rule The Next-Generation Servers

Intel’s current Ivy Bridge-EP Xeon E5-2600 V2 consists of the flagship Xeon E5-2697 V2 which features 12 cores and 30 MB L3 cache while the full 15 core unlocked die is reserved for the Ivy Bridge-EN series that launches in the current period of time.

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 – Haswell Arrives on Xeon Processors

For their next-generation series, Intel is going to release the Haswell-EP generation of Xeon processors branded as the Xeon E5-2600 V3 which from an architecture perspective are a TOCK featuring the latest 4th generation Haswell microarchitecture. Based on a 22nm 3D Transistors process, the Xeon E5-2600 V3 family would support upto 14 cores per socket and 28 threads coupled with fast 35 MB LLC (Last Level Cache) and featuring both the Intel Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost technologies.

MSI G Series logo
Hardware

MSI recently teased their upcoming Radeon R9 290X Gaming edition graphic card which has now been pictured in its full glory by GDM.OR.JP. The MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming edition known as the Twin Frozr 4S OC graphics card would feature their high-performance Twin Frozr 4S cooling solution combined with a non-reference PCB layout.MSI Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC

MSI Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC Gaming Edition Graphic Card Spotted

MSI’s Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC falls in their Gaming lineup which was recently introduced and is aimed primarily towards gamers and enthusiasts. We don’t have any specific details on the clock speeds but its easy to say that the card would feature some sort of factory overclocks apart from its regular specifications which include 2816 Stream processors, 64 ROPs, 4 GB GDDR5 memory and a 512-Bit Bus. Power would be fed through an 8+6 Pin connector configuration and the card would be able to support upto 4-Way Multi-GPU functionality. Display outputs will include the regular Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and a display port.

As for the PCB, we are looking at a non-reference design featuring MSI’s top of the line Military Class IV features and components so overclocking won’t be a hassle on this red machine. For cooling, MSI tops up the PCB with a Twin Frozr 4S cooler that’s larger than the current Twin Frozr 4 cooler featuring a support bracket, backplate and two 100mm fans with propeller blade design pushing air towards a large aluminum fin array block.

nvidia-geforce-gtx-logo
Hardware

NVIDIA’s upcoming Maxwell based GeForce 800M Mobility lineup has been leaked in a roadmap posted by notebook manufacturer CLEVO. The leaked roadmap confirms that NVIDIA’s upcoming mobility top to bottom lineup which would be based around the Maxwell architecture will launch in February 2014.NVIDIA GeForce 800M Series

NVIDIA Maxwell GeForce 800M Mobility Lineup Launches in February 2014

NVIDIA’s Maxwell graphics cards are highly anticipated by fans of the green side since we have been stuck with Kepler for two years although the GK110 was just introduced in Q1 2013. AMD after a hiatus of two years with their Southern Islands HD 7000 series chips went ahead to unveil their latest Volcanic Islands lineup in October this year and although most of the cards are rebrands, the Hawaii and other chips do offer some mean power for the asking price.

All eye’s are on NVIDIA now as they get ready for the launch of their Maxwell based GeForce chips and although they new chips are aimed towards Mobility users, the desktop chips are still reportedly shipping in March 2014 so we have some time before an upgrade is due on the PC side.

Intel-Logo
Industry

PAKISTAN, Lahore, December 12, 2013: 2013 was an exciting year for Intel in the Asia Pacific region. Technology innovation from the region made possible devices with an immersive and personal computing experience. Intel is proud to be a driving force behind this innovation. Creating and extending computing technology to connect and enrich lives has been Intel’s company vision. This year Intel made a leap forward by delivering next generation processors that changed the way people use and interact with computing technology from interactive signs, smart cars to smartphones, tablets, Ultrabooks™ and servers. Intel also continued its work to help transform Asia into a global powerhouse through a focus on education, encouraging the adoption of 21st century skills and investing in Asian start-ups and entrepreneurs across the region.

Intel Haswell

Intel Creates and Extends Computing Technology to Connect and Enrich Lives

In 2013 Intel made smarter, faster and more secure computing possible through the integration of revolutionary technology. The highlight of the year was the release of Intel’s 4th Generation Core Processor, enabling a range of 2 in 1 convertible devices that can act as both a tablet and a PC. Intel Labs conducted research that found PC’s are approximately 1.8x faster than they were four years ago.

Intel Logo
Hardware

A month is left until CES 2014 and Intel’s plans for the year 2014 are already leaking on the web which include details on their upcoming platforms such as HEDT Haswell-E, Broadwell, Haswell refresh and several of Atom based chips for the booming mobile market.

Intel Haswell-E 8 Core 3 GHz

Images are courtesy of VR-Zone!

Intel Haswell-E Engineering Sample With 8 Cores and 3 GHz Clock Speed Spotted

Chinese portal of VR-Zone posted an exclusive picture of the first Haswell-E engineering sample which will feature 8 cores and a clock speed of 3 GHz. Based on the 22nm Haswell architecture, Intel’s Haswell-E processor stacked in the X or Extreme series would be the chip giant’s first chip to feature 8 native core with 16 threads which will put them in the same line with AMD’s 8 Core processors which have been available since the arrival of Bulldozer in 2011.

Intel would be shipping two unlocked processors at launch which will include an X series Extreme edition and K Series Unlocked edition chips. We will suppose that Intel brands their Haswell-E processors as the Core i7-5*** series in which case the X series would be denoted as Core i7-5960X and K series part would be called the Core i7-5930K. These aren’t confirmed names but Intel has kept this style of series branding for a while and we suspect they will continue the trend with their Haswell-E and Broadwell generation of processors uptill 2015.

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified KingPin Edition
Hardware

EVGA has unveiled and unleashed their fastest single GPU creation which they have ever built in the form of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N edition graphics card. Ever wondered for a card that features a high-end GPU core, ubersome clock speeds, a sexy cooler and high-end overclocking features? The EVGA Classified has got all of those!

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified KingPin Edition

EVGA Unleashes The GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition

The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N has gained some attention from enthusiasts since the day it was teased but today’s news shows how capable NVIDIA’s flagship chip could be in the overclocking department. EVGA’s in-house and world’s renowned overclocker KingPin was already able to shatter the previous GPU world record with a single GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified KingPin edition graphic card so you can wonder what kind of power they would deliver when SLI’d.

The clock speeds haven’t been detailed yet but we will update you soon as we get new information. For the while, you would be happy to know that the card has already shattered the previous GPU world record with some LN2 and a voltage beyond 1.5V with no additional modding, the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified was able to break past the previous world record of a single GeForce GTX Titan scoring an impressive 8439 3D Marks in FireStrike benchmark. The clocks were set at an impressive 1933 MHz core and 7.8 GHz effective clock for the memory which is just shy of 2 GHz on the core. The card was pumping an impressive bandwidth of 374.4 GB/s when overclocked.

Intel-Logo
Hardware

Intel is planning to launch their latest Haswell refresh processor lineup in Q2 2014 which bring nothing new to the architecture except basic clock speed improvements. VR-Zone has revealed the full lineup of Intel’s Core i7 based Haswell refresh processors which includes the Core i7-4790 leading the pack.

Intel Haswell Refresh

Intel Haswell Refresh Lineup For Q2 2014 Unveiled

In total, Intel is planning to launch seven new Haswell refresh processor variants which include the Core i7-4790, Core i7-4690, Core i5-4590, Core i5-4460, two low TDP variants with the ‘T’ suffix and a single low-voltage CPU with the ‘S’ suffix. The new Haswell refresh processors from Intel would be compatible with the LGA 1150 socket and both 8-Series and 9-Series chipsets. Intel’s 9-Series chipset will be able to support Intel’s Broadwell processor generation which would be the first chip to be based on the 14nm architecture for consumers.

The Intel Core i7-4790 would be replacing the Core i7-4770 and bring a 100 MHz clock speed bump bringing the final clock frequency to 3.6 GHz base and 4.0 GHz turbo. The Core i7-4690 would replace the Core i7-4670 with clock speed adjustments of 3.50 GHz base and 3.90 GHz turbo while the other two processors which include the Core i5-4590 and Core i5-4460 would be replacing Core i5-4570 and Core i5-4440 respectively with clock speeds rated at 3.3/3.7 GHz and 3.2/3.4 GHz.

EVGA Logo
Hardware

December seemed to be a boring month for the PC hardware industry until all graphics card manufacturers decided it was a great time to unveil their latest custom design cards. EVGA is one of NVIDIA’s several vendors who will be unveiling their soon to launch GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N graphic card while AMD’s partners bring in new Lightning and WindForce solutions for the Radeon R9 290X GPU.

EVGA GeForceGTX 780 Ti Classified KingPin World Recrod

EVGA Scores World Record With GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N

The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N has gained some attention from enthusiasts since the day it was teased but today’s news shows how capable NVIDIA’s flagship chip could be in the overclocking department. EVGA’s in-house and world’s renowned overclocker KingPin was able to shatter the previous GPU world record with a single GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified graphic card.

With some LN2 and a voltage beyond 1.5V with no additional modding, the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified was able to break past the previous world record of a single GeForce GTX Titan scoring an impressive 8439 3D Marks in FireStrike benchmark. The clocks were set at an impressive 1933 MHz core and 7.8 GHz effective clock for the memory which is just shy of 2 GHz on the core. The card was pumping an impressive bandwidth of 374.4 GB/s when overclocked.



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