This just in. As we all know, Evan Blass, better known by his twitter title @evleaks announced his retirement a while back. It was sad news, since it meant that we would no longer be getting accurate and reliable device leaks. Well, it looks like you can’t keep a good leaker down, since @evleaks has decided to give us all a retirement gift. Or should we say ‘gifts’. As a final goodbye, the notorious tipster has shared with us press renders allegedly belonging to the Moto X+1.
Intell Haswell-E, the latest iteration of the HEDT Platform, has a launch date of 29 August (originally mid September) and now it seems that a few days before release we are are getting some confirmation on the PCIE lanes. It turns out that the information leaked by Coolaler was correct and the i7-5820 will only have 28 lanes of PCIE 3.0 while the 5930 and the 5960X will have 40 lanes of PCIE 3.0 each.
Intel Core i7 5820K Haswell-E HEDT Processor to Feature Only 28 PCIE 3.0 Lanes
The leaked image (courtesy of EXPReview.com) shows some very interesting wording, stating that when the i7-5820K is used, the number of PCI-E lanes will decrease. This will ofcourse result in the hexacore processor becoming unattractive to Multi GPU users although they should still have some playing room. With 28 lanes you are looking at 16x, 16x/8x, x8/x8/x8/x4 maximum GPU configuration while a normal 40 lane configuration would be 16x, 16x/16x, 16x/16x/8x or 8x/8x/8x/8x depending on the amount of GPUs you have. Considering the fact that this is PCI-E 3.0 we are talking about there is enough bandwidth for a 3-Way SLI or 4 Way Crossfire. However, if you really want that extra edge then you will have to upgrade to the i7-5930k.
In the past couple of days a variety of pictures have surfaced online showing what appears to be a reversible USB cable intended for the iPhone 6 and other Apple products due to be launched this fall. If true, then this would be cause a lot of users to breathe a sigh of relief since the correct insertion of the USB connector into notebooks/PCs is a rather mundane problem that we still have to face. And it’s due time someone solved it already.
Well, according to a patent filed at the U.S patents office, Apple has been interested in the solution for this. Spotted by appleinsider, the patent filing goes by the title “Reversible USB Connector with Compliant Member to Spread Stress and Increase Contact Normal Force.” The filing deals with a ‘Type-A’ plug that features a double orientation design and is 180 degrees symmetrical. However before you get all to excited, the filing comes with a catch.
Credible sources have leaked out some details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera just a week before its launch on September 3rd. According to these sources, Samsung’s latest edition of its popular phablet will have a 16-megapixel camera with IMX240 Sony sensor, optical image stabilization (OIS) module and much much more. Galaxy Note 4 camera is expected to oomph up the charm of smartphone photography that Samsung Galaxy S5 delivered. If the latest leak is to be believed, we are definitely looking at a camera equipped with better technology.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera:
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 camera is set to win the hearts – hopefully! According to the latest leak sourced by
Apple has just seeded out its latest OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 (build 14A329r). The latest public beta follows the release of OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 which was released only a couple days ago. Apple had earlier released the first Yosemite public beta a month ago. OS X Yosemite brings in a much modern look with an increased focus on translucency. Yosemite features a redesigned dock, windows, and logos. Integration with third-party apps, improved Notification Center, new iCloud integration, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and other features including some for Mail, Safari and Messages are part of the latest package.
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A couple of days ago I wrote a piece about a GPU from AMD called the ‘R7 250XE’ and I mentioned that this is either a GPU with lowered TDP or a new core altogether. Turns out, the former was right. The R7 250XE is AMD’s answer to the Maxwell GTX 750/Ti which was a power house in the “no power connector” required sector. This GPU as you might have guessed is a highly efficient variant of the 250X which requires no external power connector and takes all its power from the PCI-E.
AMD R7 250XE ‘Eco’ GPU Revealed – No External Power Connector Required, TDP <75W
Now that I have more details on the GPU I can confirm that the GPU is infact just a more efficient revision of the Cape Verde GPU which is featured in the R7 250X and HD 7770. The ‘E’ stands for Eco, not Expert as I previously thought it did. The card is ideal for compact builds and should be priced around $65. That’s as cheap as a dGPU gets. Since the card takes all its power from the PCI-E, we can be rest assured that TDP is less than 75W (the max wattage PCI-E can provide). The current spotlight for connector-less cards is occupied by 1st Generation Maxwells and though, the 250XE will not be able to beat them on performance, it will surely be able to beat their Price Point.
Well it looks like folks over at Motorola are looking to get real busy this year. With the launch of the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360 getting a September 3rd launch date, the company already seems to have some impressive devices under the hood for us. The Moto 360 in particular is the most hyped Android Wear device out there and is supposed to feature several impressive features. These include a heart rate sensor and wireless charging which eliminates the need for all the clunky charging equipment to be carried around. The device was recently listed on Best Buy as well but has been taken down as of now.
Videocardz was the first site to unveil the upcoming Radeon R9 285 graphics cards and they are first again in unveiling the launch date of the Tonga based cards. According to their information, AMD’s Radeon R9 285 is officially geared for launch on 2nd September while the Radeon R9 285X will be unveiled later during the same month.
AMD Radeon R9 285 “Tonga Pro” Officially Launches On 2nd September
AMD has already mentioned that they have a event planned for 23rd August which will be livestreamed to the public audience. The so called “30 Years of Graphics and Gaming Commemoration” will take place on Saturday where Richard Huddy, AMD’s Chief Gaming Scientist is going to brief and detail their next generation of graphics appliances and products. AMD has already teased that there are going to be announcements regarding a GPU over at the event and they showed us a large “Evolution of AMD Radeon GPUs” infographics a few days ago that leaves room for a new announcement that remains to be seen on 23rd August 2014.
A slide posted from Videocardz which is part of the NDA material sent to press and reviewers has revealed that the announcement will be regarding AMD’s next generation Tonga GPU architecture which has higher efficiency that translates into almost half the power consumption of Tahiti yet being faster than the Radeon R9 280 series cards. But it should be pointed out that the entire conference is not restricted to a single announcement and we may even see some new surprise announcements regarding the software side of things such as Mantle or DirectX 12 API support from AMD, even at this point of time, AMD is working on the much awaited HBM (High Bandwidt Memory) which is expected to make its way into GPUs sooner or later so something about that would be really interesting however don’t take my word on this.
It looks like we have more X99 motherboard teasers which include the X99S Gaming 7 from MSI and X99-UD4 from Gigabyte. We have already seen various X99 motherboards over the last and current week which feature enhanced new design schemes, overclocking and gaming features which were introduced on the Z97 series of motherboards.
MSI’s X99S Gaming 7 and X99S SLI Plus Black Motherboards Spotted In The Wild
The Japanese hardware retailer GDM.OR.JP has revealed that the X99 motherboards are already on retail in APAC market. The motherboards shown by the retailer include the MSI X99S Gaming 7 and MSI X99S SLI Plus black edition motherboard which we have already detailed. The MSI X99S Gaming 7 is a new board which we haven’t seen before. Both motherboards were pictured with their box packaging which are the standard card board packages with several logos and features detailed on them. The boards displayed by MSI under their X99 series have so far been outstanding in both looks and features. Performance remains to be seen but with boards such as the X99S XPOWER AC, I believe that MSI will be the first and foremost choice of enthusiasts.
If you thought Intel were the only one doing a processor refresh this year, then you were wrong. AMD is going to launch a refreshed processor lineup of their own based on their x86 Piledriver core architecture which will launch in the first week of September along with price cuts for the existing processor models. The new processors from AMD include the FX-8370, FX-8370E and the FX-8320E.
AMD To Introduce x86 Piledriver Based Flagship FX-8370 Processor
A few weeks ago, AMD announced the Athlon II X4 860K and 840K processors along with the new FX-8300 series CPUs at ChinaJoy 2014. The details weren’t made public until one of our sources provided us the details later on. The technical details regarding the FX-8370, FX-8370E and FX-8320E were still sparse until now since Xbitlabs did a round-up of the specifications along with their prices which seem quite affordable. But before we move to the details, I should acknowledge first that the FX-9000 series which is based on the x86 Piledriver architecture that include the FX-9590 and FX-9370 processors are receiving a major price cut starting 1st September. The FX-9590 will retail at $215 US (tray version) and $199 US for the FX-9370 (tray version). The boxed variants should cost a slight bit more since they come with the AIO liquid cooler bundle but we should expect them to remain under the $250 US barrier.
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 4.10 GHz base and 4.30 GHz boost clock and ships with a 8 MB L3 cache, 8 cores. 125W TDP and a price of $189 US. Surprisingly, the FX-8370E seems to be a power optimized model which has the same specifications but features a 95W TDP and the same price of $189 US.
The recent rumors for the iPhone 6 getting only 1 GB of RAM left us all a little disappointed. Even though iOS is known for its optimization when it comes to running the same applications Android does, nevertheless, in today’s world, a single gigabyte of RAM limits developer options considerably when designing apps for the iOS. This is further supplemented by the fact that iOS 8 will further expand the iOS platform and give developers more room.
[Editorial] Something very interesting was given to me recently. A slide from a PS4 presentation which showed the total bandwidth of the PS4 GPU. The Bandwidth in question is claimed by most PR documents to be around 176GB/s as most of you know, but it turns out that the actual bandwidth is somewhere around 140GB/s and drops even more when heavy CPU utilization occurs. While the latter isn’t particularly shocking, the same can’t be said for the actual bandwidth limit. Before I begin, let me state that I have dropped Sony PR an email and will update this editorial as soon as I get a response.
PS4 GPU has an Effective Bandwidth of 120 to 140 GB/s, Not 176 GB/s As Previously Reported
The slide comes from a technical presentation of the Sony PS4 system and as such, it must be treated with the utmost caution. However, from what I can see, if there is one thing you cannot deny, its that the effective/usable/actual (whatever you want to call it) bandwidth available to the Pitcairn GPU of the PS4 is 120GB/s to 140GB/s. By this I mean the actual bandwidth available to the developers to play with. The problem is, this is something that cant really happen. Not unless the memory clock we know is incorrect too. Confused? let me explain. The bandwidth and the effective memory clock are linked. this is how the equation goes. Lets assume a memory clock 5500 Mhz and a bus of 256Bits. This is how the equation will go [5500 Mhz * 256 Bits = 1408000] then [1408000/(8*1000) = 176]. As you can see, a memory clock of 5.5Ghz and 256 bit bus has to result in 176 GB/s bandwidth. Unless, one of the other variables are incorrect, or the basic premise is flawed.
Xiaomi Mi 4 was launched last month in a mega event making quite a few strong splashes the world of technology. Coming with some high-end features and a beautiful design, Mi 4 is powered with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip. However, it is not the metal frame or the processor that has been incessantly talked about since the smartphone’s launch. Mi 4’s features a 13-megapixel rear shooter with a new Sony sensor that everyone was interested to see making some good charms in the smartphone photography. After the launch, we did see some Xiaomi Mi 4 camera samples and AnTuTu benchmark, today comes the first set of real-life shots taken from this Sony sensor of Mi 4.
- Relevant: Xiaomi Mi 4 Camera Samples and Benchmark Scores
Xiaomi Mi 4 camera samples:
G.Skill is ready for the launch of Intel’s next generation high-end desktop platform codenamed Haswell-E with their latest Ripjaws IV DDR4 memory kits which will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB variants. G.Skill’s Ripjaws DDR4 memory kits are now unveiled and readily available for pre-order at Overclockers.Co.Uk who have listed nine models of the Ripjaws IV memory kits in different color flavors of red, black and blue.
G.Skill Ripjaws IV DDR4 Memory Kits Unveiled and Available For Pre-Order
While the Intel X99 chipset motherboards and Haswell-E processors are expected to launch on 29th August, the memory kits will be available in retail on 25th so system builders can gear up their PCs. You can still pre-order the various memory kits from online retailers including OCUK who have listed down a large variety of DDR4 memory kits from G.Skill, Corsair, ADATA, Crucial and Avexir. Kingston so far hasn’t been listed but we will be looking at their HyperX series DDR4 memory in a few days.
One of the most interesting features regarding the upcoming Haswell-E HEDT platform is the fact that it will be the first consumer platform to support DDR4 memory (optimized for quad channel operation). Being Intel’s high-end platform, it will also include the first 8 core processor from Intel codenamed Core i7-5960X based on Intel’s Haswell microarchitecture. While we still have to see real-time performance benefits of DDR4 memory in action, we know now what kind of prices to expect from the upcoming memory kits for future generation platforms.
As the iPhone 6 nears it’s September launch, almost on a daily basis pictures of hardware parts of the device have been leaking. From logic boards, to home button sensors for the device, we’ve almost seen it all. Well, today’s the first time anyone has bothered to put together the rear and front of the iPhone 6 together to give a complete look of the device.