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So we just got word from the Chinese VR-Zone.com about Intel’s HEDT Haswell-E Platform and the supporting X99 Chipset. Basically the Haswell-E based Core i7-5820K will be around 20% more expensive than its predecessor (as the heading would have told you no doubt).

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Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5820K to be ~20% More Expensive than its Predecessor – No Change for the other 2 SKUs

The X99 ‘Wellsburg’ Chipset Motherboards were shown at Computex, although not in too much detail. Similarly very little was officially revealed about the Haswell-E HEDT Platform and Intel is expected to reveal some info soon. However thanks to leaks we now know nearly all there is to know about the High End platform and the LGA 2011-3 Based Motherboards. We have also learned details of the pricing of Haswell-E. Basically the Core i7-5960X and Core i7-5930K will be priced about the same as their Ivy Bridge-E counterparts. However the last one, and coincidentally at the lower end of the spectrum, the Core i7-5820K will be around 20% more expensive than the Core i7-4820K. That is primarily because of two reasons, 1) Intel does not want the i7-5820K to affect the Ivy Bridge-E markets 2) The Haswell-E part is a Hexa Core while the Core i7-4820K is a Quad Core.

Intel X99 Chipsets will come out sometime in September and offer DDR4 among other thins. They will be priced relatively higher than what the average consumer is willing to dish out for a motherboard but thats the price you have to pay be at the very high end. Ofcourse the complimentary chips will only be 3 namely the Haswell-E platform, atleast untill Broadwell-E arrives which we have reason to believe will be supported on the same Wellsburg chipset. This means support for 3 More SKUs which would be Broadwell-E on the 14nm Node, namely the Core i7-6960X, i7-6930K and i7-6820K which will probably scale up to either 8 or 10 cores with 2400Mhz DDR4 Memory.

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Hardware

Our colleagues over at CPU World recently sent us some very interesting details regarding the PRO Series APU, which is a fancy name for OEM-Only Kaveri APUS with a locked multiplier. This is one of the reasons why we didnt cover the PRO Series in detail, since a name change and a locked multiplier didnt really warrant detailed coverage. However they have just updated their lineup with new APUs that are actually not present in the original Kaveri Series, infact they are almost certainly from the Richland Series.

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AMD PRO Series APUs Get a Kaveri and Richland SKU Update

Now the PRO-Series is exclusively for OEMs and B2B transactions, basically the ‘Business Editions’ of AMD’s Kaveri Lineup. I guess an intro is in order since we have not covered these in detail before. These APUs will have a much longer ‘life support’ package and will be installed in OEM systems. Uptill yesterday this series consisted entirely of 7 Kaveri SKUs (4 Desktop and 3 Mobile) that had their multipliers locked. All these Kaveri APUs consumed only 65W TDP with the exception of the flagship which consumed 95W. The flagship is the A10 PRO-7850B where the ‘B’ stands for Business Class. This APU is the obvious counterpart of the A10-7850K of the mainstream APUs. Now however there has been an addition of two SKUs and one of the these is not Kaveri and judging from the Graphic portion it is a Richland APU.

As CPUWorld states “Specifications of these models were spotted (PDF file) in QuickSpecs of HP EliteDesk 705 G1 business PC.” Now the SKU we are concerned about is A4 PRO-7300B. This APU actually has the highest clocks in the entire lineup with the base clock being 3.9 Ghz and Boost of 4.2 Ghz. It features 1MB of L2 Cache and DDR3 1866Mhz. This APU does not feature an R5 or an R7 series GPU, instead it features the 8470D graphics, which implies its nature as a Richland core. Here is the full lineup of the PRO-Series ‘Business Class’ AMD SKUs:

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Recently there has been a lot of news surrounding Nvidia’s GTX 880 GPU based on the next generation Maxwell architecture. We found through shipping details that the card will feature a 256 bit bus as compared to 256 or 512bit. The details received only specifying a high end Maxwell GM204 housing a 256 bit wide bus. Well folks at Sweclockers.com have sent us something very interesting. They have reportedly received details regarding the release dates of Nvidia’s desktop GeForce GTX 800 series. The launch is expected to take place in the fourth quarter this year.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 Now Expected To Arrive Sometime Between October-December

Sweclockers is reporting that Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 are now expected to be with us somewhere around the fourth quarter this year. This places the arrival schedule for the desktop GPUs in the period between October to December. The knowledge comes to the website from partner manufacturers of Nvidia. This upcoming launch of the cards will now mark the starting of the 800 series of desktop GPUs. Of course, the GTX 800 will be based on second generation Maxwell architecture. In addition, the new model series is still to be based on the 28 nm manufacturing technology. This is because even though TSMC has begun volume production on the 20nm node for everyone, the process is facing maturation problems for high performance ASICs like the GM204, but this is expected to start from sometime next year. In addition, it has also been learnt that Nvidia has canceled the production of GM100 chips and is now focusing completely on GM200 instead. These GPUs are still using the 28nm fabrication process.

I think we can now safely conclude that 20nm GPUs will come in 2015. This series is to become the Intermediary GPUs that we have been talking about for a long time. It is possible that one or two GPUs in the Geforce 800 Series lineup are 20nm but that is a long shot and will only happen in mid-late 2015. Another thing to add is that this second generation of Maxwell Architecture is speculated to feature ARM cores which could be a potential game changer. So 28nm Maxwell is coming, possibly with ARM cores but 20nm remains as far away as ever.

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Hardware

I think its safe to say that nearly everyone of the tech world saw this coming. The GPU Mining craze which came out of nowhere with the rise of Bitcoin, the behemoth of the cryptocurrency world, has now ended with most of the SCRYPT based coins becoming unprofitable to mine on GPUs. Sure there are still some profitable ALT-Coins left but even those are now dwindling.Monster-Heater-Miner-mod

The GPU Miners Crash of 2014 leaves second hand markets flooded with cheap GPUs, sees drastic shrinkage of Graphic Card Market

You know what, even though this is technically not a crash lets dub it the “GPU Miners Crash of ’14″, because that sounds pretty cool. This crash is wrongly attributed to Bitcoin becoming unprofitable (to mine on GPUs) which is silly because Bitcoin became unprofitable to mine on GPUs as soon as the ASICs came online quite some time ago. However soon after Bitcocin; Litecoin rose to glory, which can be called the second tier of Cryptocurrencies followed closely by ALT Coins such as DOGE Coin etc. So the old Bitcoin rigs were simply reconfigured to mine Litecoins and ALTCoins. However now even the second and third generation cryptocurarencies are becoming unprofitable with SCRYPT-ASICs coming online.

There was of course a delayed effect as the mining rigs were dumped directly or through second hand markets to new aspiring miners who didn’t realise that ASICs would soon come online. However now that reality or rather profitability is catching up to the miners all these rigs are being dumped callously in an ‘end-of-gold-rush-frenzy’. The Crash is basically being caused because of three primary reasons: 1) Insanely cheap GPUs on second hand markets, these range from mid end to the ultra high end and 2) Massive drop in GPU Demand due to GPU Mining becoming unprofitable. 3) Almost-ignorant shop owners and some retailers not accurately predicting future demand and therefore inventory-ing in access.

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Only a few days ago we saw the famous Taiwanese celebrity and car racer Jimmy Lin showing off his iPhone 6 next to an iPhone 5s. While, the authenticity is questioned about the pictured set, Jimmy Lin previously shared a similar image of iPhone 5c before its launch. Today comes a latest bit from the same source hinting that Apple is planning to launch an iPhone 6 2K display model.iPhone 6 2K

4.7″ iPhone 6 2K display panel:

Reports coming from Hong Kong are speculating that the smaller version of the two iPhone 6 variants is expected

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Hardware

Some very interesting information was revealed by Fudzilla.com today. They are one of those sources which are quite reliable but reveal information in bits and peaces. This particular example sees the reveal of information about Nvidia’s Tegra Strategy – parts which we already knew and can be readily deduced, and parts which we did not. NVIDIA Tegra K1Not the Denver Variant.

Nvidia Tegra K1 Couples Complimentary Components on the SoC to Penetrate Mobile Market

One of the major problems that the Tegra 4i faced was the fact that it supported an A9 chip, which was mediocre at best. In the mobile market, GPU horsepower is not really of significant importance (except for a very small percentage) and the overall package will get more design wins any time of the day. One of the stronger suites of the Tegra 4i was LTE support but ofcourse, there were other well rounded competitors with LTE support as well. Meditek is growing to be one of the strongest competitors around and its market share growth has been simply phenomenal. Needless to say that it has been a major pain for other (mobile) chip manufacturers, fabless or otherwise.

Now this is where the story of Tegra K1 picks off. The new iteration of Tegra didn’t only look at the GPU aspect but at the CPU aspect as well, which is one of the reasons it evolved into two variants. Now one of the best things to happen to Tegra K1 was the automotive industry, specifically the VCM and design wins there. Fudzilla very aptly compares the Automative side of Tegra K1 with the Quadro side of Nvidia’s Mainstream Geforce DIvision. It is also just a matter of time before Tegra K1 64 makes it to mobiles. However there are currently two problems there. 1) There is literally no information on a Tegra 5i or Tegra K1i and 2) Because both variants of Tegra K1 use an Icera 500 Modem they can become pricey, which equates to competition getting an advantage.

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You know times are bad when you find arrogant comments against PC Gaming left by developers in public builds of famous games. But to find out that the ‘ultra’ E3 2012 graphics of “Watch Dogs” were deliberately turned off just so that Next Gen can look better is a new low.  And that, is exactly what has happened. It turns out that Ubisoft actually gimped the PC Build completely when the ‘ultra’ visuals would have run on PC just fine. Why? Because Next Gen is all powerful, didn’t you know?watch_dogs_2014_06_1425uii

‘Watch Dogs PC’ was Deliberately Gimped So Next Gen Could Look Better -  Modder Promises To Unleash Full Potential

You know, I don’t know whats more sad, the fact that they felt the need to gimp the PC Version in the first place or the fact that they left the original effects present, just turned off, in the main “Watch Dogs” build for PC. If you are going to sell the Next-Gen-is-most-powerful-platform stuff, then at least try to make sure you don’t get caught? Consoles have their own niches and they do not need justifications of being more powerful than the PC Platform to sell themselves. It should be inherently obvious which the most powerful platform is, from the fact that E3 builds almost exclusively run on PCs. Developers should focus on optimizing the game on consoles rather than trying to prove something that isn’t true.

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Samsung Galaxy F images are hogging up the internet again – after just a day’s break. Like previously, Galaxy F looks gorgeous in this image too. Very similar to original-looking high res Galaxy F pictures, today’s image shows the beautiful Prime in golden hue with a brushed metal finish.

We have seen quite a lot of Samsung Galaxy F (considered as Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime) images, leaks, and speculations. From Bluetooth certification to actual photos of the smartphone coated in metal. While there is no official indication of such a smartphone coming up any soon, it is being speculated that a premium version of Samsung Galaxy S5, in aluminum, will hit the market sometime in Fall.Galaxy F

Relevant read: More Metallicious Pictures of Samsung Glorious Prime

Samsung Galaxy F image:

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One of the few very consistent bits about upcoming iPhone 6 has been the usage of Sapphire Glass instead of Gorilla. While the rumors keep changing about which one of the iPhone 6 variants will be coated with Sapphire, it is almost sure that Apple has something cooking with Sapphire considering the recent patent certification and a plant opening.

Earlier, reports indicated that Apple does not have enough Sapphire and thus only the 5.5″ model will be manufactured using this glass. Reports also suggested that using Sapphire is costing Cupertino giant a good $100 extra per piece – which is huge. The latest reports confirm the earlier suspicion of Apple going full-on with sapphire glass. This comes from an analyst who has suggested that Apple apparently has enough of Sapphire glass to manufacture BOTH its iPhone 6 variants (4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch) and its rumored iWatch.Sapphire Glass

Sapphire glass supply chain analysis:

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The low power variants of Intel’s offering is currently occupied with the Xeon E3 SKUs on the higher end of the spectrum and Atom C2000 on the lower end. However in 2014 these will be replaced by Broadwell CPUs, Broadwell SoCs and Denverton (Atom) Chips. Now we had heard about Broadwell-DE a long time ago and now thanks to CPU World, more details have surfaced.

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Broadwell-DE Detailed – 14nm High Performance Chips that are the Next Generation of Intel’s Low Power Spectrum

Basically both Xeon E3 (Haswell) and Atom C2000 are based on the 22nm Node. And as you can quite clearly see in the roadmap shown below, they have TDP as low as 6W (13W in the case of Xeon E3). However by sometime in 2014 these two will be replaced by Broadwell, Broadwell SoC and Atom Denverton. Now the Broadwell SoCs will actually be called ‘Broadwell-DE’ and from the information leaked by CPU World, they will be part of the Grangeville platform for the micro server market and embedded solutions. Broadwell-DE will house actual Broadwell Cores and will feature a Platform Control Hub (PCH). They report seeing a diagram with 8 cores and 1.5 MB of L3 cache each, equating to 12MB of L3 cache. Broadwell-DE supports all the techs that come with the name, including Hyper Threading, Tubro Boost, VT-x/VT-d Virtualization and Trusted Execution. AES and AVX2 are present as well. The new things about these cores are related to security and include Processor Trace which can capture ”details of code execution”, supervisor mode access prevention and more.

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This week, chipmaker AMD announced some major company changes and restructuring plans. This includes consolidation of several business units as well as executive promotions and shuffling. The goal, according to the official press release is to deliver constant growth and profitability. The company aims to achieve this by combining previously separate business units into one unit. This will enable the manufacturer to cater to a single market oriented approach for all aspects of strategy, product execution, sales and operations.

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Dr. Lisa Su Named As Chief Operating Officer (COO) at AMD. Company Restructured Into Two Separate Business Units.

The first major move announced by the company is the appointment of Dr. Lisa Su as the latest Chief Operating Officer of the company. It should be kept in mind that this position has been vacant for quite a while (2011) at AMD. Dr. Su joined AMD in 2012 as a senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Global Business Units division. The Global Business Units division is responsible for the company’s product strategy, definition and overall business plans.  “Lisa has been a driving force in AMD’s recent success, and as COO she will expand on this foundation and lead a broader organization designed to more quickly adapt to industry shifts, streamline execution and decision making, and create even greater value for our customers,” said chief executive Rory Read.

Now coming towards department consolidation at the company. AMD is to now have a Computing and Graphics Business group as well as an Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom Business group. This separates the professional and consumer graphics divisions as well as consumer processors and server processors. The Computing and Graphics Business group combines AMD’s client, consumer graphics and professional graphics business. It is to be led by John Byrne, now AMD’s former Chief Sales Officer. “John’s years of PC industry experience and successful track record of strengthening AMD’s customer relationships make him ideally suited to take on additional responsibility and lead one of our new business groups,” said Read. Mr. Byrne will directly report to Dr. Su, who will continue to report to CEO Mr. Read.

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Alright, when I was writing my previous editorial, I actually found something else too, namely the GM200 Core, in the shipping data. But since that warranted a post of its own, I refrained from mentioning it there. So heres the thing, The GM200 Core, or the ultra-high-end Maxwell Core (almost certainly 20nm), has been spotted in transit. Maxwell GTX 750

20nm Maxwell GM200 High End Core Spotted in Import Data

Now the GM200 is almost certainly 20nm, because it is meant to replace the GK110 and offer massive gains in performance. Before you ask me why I spend my spare time looking at shipping data, I want you to take a look at the shipping entry  of the Maxwell GM200 given below. Notice anything unusual ? Well I did. The value of this particular shipment is off the charts. And I mean seriously off the charts; its mind bogglingly huge. Well get to what that could mean in a moment. Now interestedly the entry is named ‘GM200 CP/FTR LOADBOARD’ and is dated 11th June. So it means it left for Nvidia about the same time we heard reports of TSMC beginning 20nm Volume Production. Interesting. Now there are two kind of loadboards, one that deals with cargo and one that is a type of early integrated circuit board. And I know this one is referring to the IC one. How do I know that? simple, none of the other shipping entries mention loadboards unless they are related to Integrated Circuits, meaning these guys don’t explicitly mention the load board associated with cargo.  Here is the entry by the way:

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I apologize for that title – but you can understand the tempting that comes with years of waiting for Galaxy metal. Well, if the leaked images are to be believed then we might just lay our eyes on a glorious Samsung Galaxy F all coated in metal. Considering the beautiful, completely authentic-looking images, the wait grows even stronger for this upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime!Samsung Galaxy F

Relevant read: Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime in All its Aluminum Glory – Images!

Samsung Galaxy F (S5 Prime):

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[Editorial] The GTX 880 could possibly have 384 TMUs and a 512 Bit Bus. But wait, it says 256 Bit on the heading? Well yes it does, and in all probability it will feature a 256 Bit bus, meaning the 512 Bit thing is just a rumor. Confused? I guess I better start from the beginning then.

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Maxwell GM204 will feature a 256Bit Wide Bus – Updated Shipping Data Confirms

I was looking for more information on the GTX 880 from my ususal sources when I stumbled upon a very interesting forum post. Now the OP of this forum post claimed he had contacted the guys behind the KDramaStars leaks and verified that the GTX 880 will be 512 Bit wide with 384 TMUs. That, would conveniently explain the power jump previously stated from many sources. Ofcourse, without waiting any further, I sent an email to the actual source and am currently awaiting a response (this editorial will be updated as soon as I receive a satisfactory reply).

I also fired up the import schematics of ‘Hyderabad Air Cargo’ and focused it on the ‘GM204′ Keyword. This is the same port of discharge where the Maxwell GM204 and the 8GB GDDR5 Memory had been spotted earlier. And to my delight or rather an amused loathing for the Irony Gods, found  an import entry of the same port of discharge, dated 6th June 2014. But the plot twist is, this time, it also contained the bus interface. The GM204 “Computer Graphics Card” was listed with a 256 Bit Interface. Alright, so that more or less confirms it. You heard it here first folks, It looks like there is going to be a high end graphic card from Nvidia, housing the Maxwell GM204 with a 256 Bit bus width. But the golden question is, are we looking at the Maxwell Geforce GTX 880?

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The “console wars” is one of the very top terms that you might have heard millions of times during your stay at the online gaming community. Whether it be the 1990s or the 2000s, the console wars have always been there ever since the first two video game consoles came into existence. Now, when the next generation of gaming has already started, it doesn’t matter how much you try to restrain yourself from getting into an argument with someone else who is loyal to the Xbox One, for eventually, you will surely find yourself explaining why your PlayStation 4 is better. After all it is natal and kind of logical, but that doesn’t mean it is necessarily important.PS4 and Xbox One

The Next-Gen “Console War” is Meaningless – PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are Two Fantastic Consoles

One thing that I have picked up from all the talks between people from two unconventionally created groups is that the console war is just as meaningless as the smartphone war, and no matter how many times you try to organize the chat, you won’t be able to stop passionate gamers from bawling out each other. Of course, competition is inevitable, and in very few cases, the next-gen console war tends to come in handy, such as it gives a good idea of which company is leading the market to the investors by comparing console sales. But putting the world’s blame on someone who made a mistake of not purchasing the console that you prefer is sad and somewhat absurd.

One console being capable of much more than the other doesn’t mean everyone should opt for the one with more hardware potential. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is clearly prevailing over the Xbox One in many cases, it ranks on top in the consoles hardware specs chart and the platform holder’s upcoming Project Morpheus exclusive compatibility makes it even more attractive. Microsoft is aware of the fact the evergrowing PlayStation 4 fan base is not in the best interest of the Xbox One, this is why the manufacturer decided to cut off the Kinect from Xbox One bundle, this also suggests that analyzing the current situation, Microsoft has started to make the right choices.



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