Considering the claim that the year 2014 is bringing the best product lineup from Apple in twenty five years, the world was surely expecting Apple to finally launch iWatch. Every other leading tech manufacturer has already launched a smartwatch or is planning to do so this year with legit leaks and teasers. Apple may just be the only to be still considering it. Seems like Apple’s iWatch is going to see another year’s delay before it is launched. New reports suggest that iWatch has reached EVT (engineering verification test) stage which is way before a product goes into production.
Microsoft is going to introduce Windows Threshold, also being dubbed as Windows 9 on September 30th this year. Quite a few details have emerged over the past weeks about this platform. According to a couple of reports, Windows Threshold is expected to get a new Modern UI 2.0 with Start Screen being disabled in desktop and the mobile version not having a desktop at all.
Well, it looks like the folks over at Microsoft China are eager to discuss Windows 9 with all of us. In a post on Microsoft Weibo today, Microsoft China asked it’s followers that “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?”
The last AMD announcement for today is the new x86 Piledriver CPU refresh which includes the FX-8370, FX-8370E and FX-8320E processors. The new FX CPU refresh comes four months after Intel launched their very own Haswell Refresh lineup which includes the Devil’s Canyon processor. Rather than focusing on performance, AMD targets Intel with their brute pricing model which offers users a 4.4 GHz clock chip with 8 Cores at a low price of $199.99 US.
AMD Launches x86 Piledriver Based 125W FX-8370 and 95W FX-8370E, FX-8320E
Back at the Radeon event held last week, AMD demonstrated a live overclocking preview of the FX-8370 processor where renowned overclocker “Chew” from Xtremesystems overclocked the chip past 8 GHz and even got to see a overclock world record of the FX-8370 a few days from overclocker “The Stilt” who had the chip clocked at an impressive 8.7 GHz on liquid nitrogen cooling. The show detailed nothing else regarding the FX processors but we already had received information on the new refresh chips prior to event so let’s do a quick run through of what we are looking at today.
Let’s get started with the FX-8370 now which will become the flagship x86 Piledriver processor of the original FX-8000 lineup until AMD plans to launch a new processor line (hopefully no refresh). AMD does have steamroller but they aren’t focusing it towards the high-end desktop market instead focusing it towards the APU market with their Kaveri APUs and Athlon processors. The FX-8370 is clocked at 4.30 GHz base and 4.40 GHz boost clock and ships with a 8 MB L3 cache, 8 cores. 125W TDP and a price of $189 US. The FX-8370E on the other hand has the same specifications aside from the 3.3 GHz core and 4.3 GHz clock speeds maintaining a TDP of 95W. Both the FX-8370 and FX-8370E are priced at $199.99 US.
Today seems to be an interesting today for AMD announcements since the company has not only launched the Radeon R9 285 graphics cards and FX-8000 series processors but they are also offering a promo on the Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. Available through specific retailers, the new promotional price which is open to all and not just OEMs will allow users to grab the flagship enthusiast graphics card for a low price of $999 US.
AMD Promo Offers You The Radeon R9 295X2 Graphics Card For $999 US
AMD has officially announced this promotional deal which will last for a while through specific retailers which will soon have the deals up on their end. The promotional is open to all which include end users like consumers and OEMs too. So we may see some lower priced OEM PCs with the Radeon R9 295X2 in a matter of days. The Radeon R9 295X2 is currently AMD’s flagship graphics card and is also the fastest graphics card on the planet. It was originally launched at a price of $1499 US compared to the $2999 US price of its direct competitor, the GTX Titan Z from NVIDIA which offers just around the same performance. The price of the GeForce GTX Titan Z was also recently dropped to 37% at $1830 US however compared to the promotional deal of the Radeon R9 295X2, that is still $830 more for a asking price of the GeForce GTX Titan Z.
I think the $999 US is a great price for the card since who doesn’t like the Radeon R9 295X2? It looks good, runs great and performs exceptionally well at 4K. The Radeon R9 295X2 was a huge engineering feat from the AMD team since its just mind boggling how they were able to run two hot Hawaii cores on a single PCB clocked up to 1018 MHz. The cooling assembly and the heatsink were a great achievement by team Red and we can’t wait to see a similar cooling design on the single chip GPUs in the future.
Last week, AMD held a “30 Years of Radeon Graphics and Gaming Commemoration” event where the chip maker announced the latest Radeon R9 285 graphics card. Featuring the new and improved GCN architecture, the Radeon R9 285 launches today with several technology innovations such as Mantle, DirectX 12 support and boasting performance to drive gaming at 2K resolutions.
AMD Launches Tonga Powered Radeon R9 285 Graphics Card At $249 US
The event revealed most of the details regarding the technical features of the card itself but there were still some hidden bits which have been found in the presentation slide. For starters, Tonga GPU isn’t a consumer only card but it has already been part of the FirePro family for a few weeks since AMD initially introduced the Tonga chip on their latest FirePro W7100 professional graphics card. While previously speculated as AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s highly efficient GM107 architecture, Tonga GPU turns out to be the modest architecture evolution of Tahiti with the same great performance in gaming while featuring some of the new technological enhancements featured on the Hawaii cards such as TrueAudio, improved L2 cache, a reconfigured compute architecture. In general, the Tonga GPU improved the GCN architecture that was a part of Tahiti since the last two and half years.
Getting right in to the technical aspects of the card, the Radeon R9 285 will feature 28 Compute Units which mean we are looking at a total of 1792 stream processors, 112 texture mapping units and 32 raster operation units. The Radeon R9 285 also comes with an interesting memory scheme, sticking with just 2 GB VRAM that operates along a 256-bit bus interface rather than 3 GB VRAM (384-bit bus) on the Tahiti cards. AMD did learn a few things from NVIDIA over the Kepler generation that they can limit the need for a higher memory bus by reducing the load on the memory bandwidth. NVIDIA’s Kepler generation of graphics cards were criticized for featuring a lower memory bus but they still featured good gaming performance up till 2K resolution. AMD has resolved this issue to some extent by introducing the Color Compression algorithm in their GCN architecture which offers 40% higher memory bandwidth efficiency which stores the color data from the frame buffer in a lossless compressed format deliver more bandwidth output in gaming and performance oriented tasks then Tahiti based predecessors.
Its finally happening guys, Maxwell is coming, and about damn time too. Everything has fallen into place and the launches of the Geforce GTX 980 and Geforce GTX 970 are expected by the end of this event. Leaked documents by Videocardz state that the NDA lift happens on the 19th which is about the same time the Game 24 event (scheduled on the 18th of September) comes to an end.
Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 and Geforce GTX 970 Launching At ‘Game 24′ Event
Nvidia is definitely planning to go big with the Maxwell launch because the “Game 24″ event is a 24 hour event. It is scheduled to begin at 9.18.14 at 6PM PDT. The event will be live streamed is available and you can sign up for the event over at the Game 24 Signup Page. Since if you add 24 Hours to this event you will pass the NDA lift date, I will assume that this is the event that Nvidia finally launches its GM204 flagships (and maybe, just maybe, GM200 too, who knows). Taking a quote from the page, here is what Nvidia has to say about the same:
“NVIDIA and the PC Gaming industry are kicking off an unprecedented 24-hour event. The goal of this event is simple – to celebrate this thing we all love called PC gaming. It will be packed with exclusive content, developer interviews, game reveals, give-aways, and more.
We’ll travel the globe to physical events in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Stockholm, London, and other locations.—as well as to virtual stages around the world—to bring you 24 hours of PC gaming entertainment. Tune in to the livestream, join our physical events, and make sure you’re ready to game.” The event will take place primarily in Los Angeles, London and Shanghai with mirror events happening in Chicago, Indianapolis, Mission Viejo and Stockholm. Needless to say we are looking at a huge global launch from Green with Game 24.
Sony has a huge line-up of both high-end and affordable devices set for IFA this year. If rumors are to be trusted, Sony will be launching its upcoming flagship Sony Xperia Z3 at the press event on September 4, 2014 in Berlin. However, before the Z3 comes and takes on its predecessors making them a mere history, Sony is giving its “still current” flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2, a deserved last minute limelight. Well, it is not what you’d expect in some sort of farewell good words, it’s actually in the shape of a pretty video capturing “river football” – wait, what!
While the entire video isn’t shot using Xperia Z2, some of the shots carry the “Shot on the Xperia Z2 from Sony” on the screen. The video is titled “The Xperia Z2 presents the untold story of a river football hero” and we are quite thankful to Sony for introducing us to this century-old game of water-soccer. It wasn’t the name? Well, it all means the same anyway.
Sony at IFA 2014:
Apple’s well known for it’s secure services and devices. After all, with the amount of credit card data the company possesses due to iTunes, one has to take appropriate security measures. However, it seems like Apple has failed in one critical area – iCloud, and the cost of this failure has resulted in pictures of countless celebrities being leaked online.
The list of celebrities affected by this breach inlcude Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton, Avril Lavigne to name a few. The images surfaced late last night. According to anonymous 4Chan users, the photos have been grabbed from Apple’s iCloud servers.
Photos aren’t the only items acquired by the hacker. According to 4Chan users, the hacker also has videos in his possession, which he/she intends to sell to TMZ. Several celebrities have confirmed that the photos are authentic indeed. But further confusion has been spread in the mix by several claims, including Mary Winstead who claims that the photos were deleted ages ago.
Getting past the personal annoyance with selfies, we have to say Microsoft is actually going all genius with its latest venture of a selfie phone – aka Microsoft Lumia 730. While it may not be the “next big thing” as we wonder if even the selfie-enthusiasts would get a phone solely based on one aspect, albeit a very important aspect for certain demographic, it definitely is worth to cash on while the trend lasts. For Microsoft’s happiness, this trend seems to be lasting for quite long and looking at the crazy adoption by the popular celebrities, selfie-trend is here to stay. We secretly hope it dies till next decade?
Microsoft Selfie Phone – the Lumia 730:
With IFA to start in just days and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to be officially unveiled there, the device has shown up on Samsung’s mobile site and on an alleged IFA poster. Thanks to Samsungmobile several speculated specifications of the Galaxy Note 4 can now be confirmed.
The website shows the device model number to be SM-N920T. Going further, specifications of the Galaxy Note 4 are listed as the device having a display resolution of 1440 x 2560, which translates into QHD. The presence of a 64 bit processor on the device is also hinted upon.
A new set of images has surfaced today which show the Moto X+1 in wooden back. The images received are of highest quality so far, and enable us to get a very good look at the upcoming device. Motorola has sent press invites for a launch event to be held on September 4th, where we’ll probably get our first official look at the device.
The pictures received today, courtesy of TKTech show several previously unthought features on the device. These include a better look at the flash and the Moto logo on the device. Also present on the front of the Moto X+1 are new sensors, the purpose of which is conflicting yet interesting at the same time.
MSI has teased their next generation Twin Frozr V cooling solution which will be featured on the upcoming GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards. The Twin Frozr V is one of the several custom cooling solutions which will be featured on the upcoming Maxwell cards from NVIDIA’s various AIB partners such as ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA, Galaxy, etc.
MSI Teases GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs With Next Generation Twin Frozr V Cooling
MSI teased their next generation Twin Frozr V cooling solution on their official Facebook page which goes off to show a neat new design scheme. Since Twin Frozr V will become a part of the Gaming and Lightning series, the only thing that will separate them is the color scheme. For Gaming series, MSI adopts the red and black theme color while the Lightning series adopts a yellow and black color scheme along with the possible introduction of a new MSI Tri-Frozr cooling solution. Nevertheless, what we can see from the rendered image is quite a beast which sticks loyal to the Dragoon G-Series design scheme which MSI has implemented on their Z97 boards and looks great.
The cooling assembly is made up of a large aluminum fin stack which makes use of dense aluminum heatpipes that circulate through the heatsink blocks and through the sides of the heatsink. The heatsink shroud we saw back at Computex has now been updated with a red and black color scheme. There’s a MSI logo on the side which may emit an LED effect but we can’t confirm that. Six aluminum heatpipes run through the copper base and into the aluminum fin array to dissipate heat from the nockel-plated copper core contact base. There are actually two sets of heatsink which are interconnected via the heatpipes, the front section cools the GPU core and memory while the other section of the heatsink will offer cooling to the electrical components such as the VRMs, PLL, MOSFETs and other power circuitry. The shroud has a massive opening for the fan slots so we can see some high-end propeller blade fans on the MSI Gaming series cards.
Update: New socket pictures show a lot more pins than just 6, you can check the link out in the comments below.
[Mini-Editorial] I was pretty impressed by ASUS’s recent innovation in the socket sector. I am talking ofcourse about the ASUS OC Socket, which boasts improved OC performance by granting the user more stability and higher voltage control thanks to more pins. Now while this all an impressive feat for an AIB to do, it begs the question whether we are looking at LGA 2011 at all.
Is the ASUS OC Socket Intel LGA 2011 at all? Or is it actually the ‘LGA 2017′ Homegrown Socket?
The LGA 2011-3 is Intel’s Socket designed to be used with its HEDT Processors. Now the 2011 indicates the amounts of pins in the socket and the ’3′ indicates the revision of the socket. Now that means that any LGA 2011 socket will have exactly 2011 pins. So is the ASUS OC Socket LGA 2011 then? Umm, no technically it is not. The ASUS OC Socket is compatible with the LGA 2011 but it is not in reality 2011. If you were to give it a name in Intel’s current nomenclature it would be LGA 2017 (the OC Socket has 6 additional pins apparently). Since ASUS has basically designed a completely new socket, I wouldn’t expect it to be rock solid and completely bug free at launch.
Well looks like things are heating up in iWatch department. Apple is expected to launch the device this September along with the iPhone 6 at Flint Center. Apple’s products are nefarious amongst it’s critics for being grossly overpriced and Apple’s users are often accused of following a ‘brand’ rather than actual performance.
All of these criticisms haven’t stopped it’s products from gaining their fair market share yet new insight on the iWatch’s price might add credibility to these accusations. According to a source straight out of Cupertino, Apple’s iWatch will come in two variants.
The lower end variant of the iWatch could cost around $ 499 and the higher end variant can be expected to have a whooping price tag of $ 799. One can really expect the iWatch to be able cause mass global mayhem with that price. However, Apple just might be aiming towards the luxury high end watch market with such a price in mind.
A price tag of $ 800 is still nothing when comparing to luxury watches out there. Apple does generally target a high end niche with it’s products. A price tag with the $ 400 range has also been cited by another report. Cited by Re/Code, widely known for their accurate industry reports. However Re/Code cautions that the price is not final and was merely discussed amongst a variety of options.
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Achieves DDR4 Memory Record at 4004MHz
X99 has just made its way to the market and we are already seeing records being smashed. The other day Hashwell-E i7 5960X did a marvelous clocks of 6235GHz and today history is made once again by Shamino.
G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the leading high performance memory designer and manufacturer, has announced breaking the DDR4 memory speed record at 4004MHz extreme frequency on Asus ROG X99 Rampage V and Intel core i7 5930k cpu.