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Who doesn’t love to get a free gadget, and that too a top notch brilliantly built Nexus 5! Here is one best way to end your weekend and get ready for Monday blues by trying your luck to win a FREE Nexus 5 (16 GB) in a color of your choice in this international giveaway!international giveaway

Relevant read: Apple iPhone 5s vs Google Nexus 5 – What Should One Get this Christmas?

Weekend international giveaway:

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New set of images confirm release of Apple’s larger iPhone 6 measuring at 5.5-inches this year. Earlier, we saw rumors claiming that Apple may have postponed the launch of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until next year due to cost and display panel shortage issues. The new images confirm that Apple is certainly going for both the models this year as opposed its history of being shy of introducing so many changes at the same time.larger iPhone 6

5.5-inch larger iPhone 6:

Last month we saw reports suggesting that Apple may have been forced to postpone its larger iPhone 6 due tocost issues. However, it was followed by another report claiming that although 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be released this year, only 10 million units will be produced due to the aforementioned cost issue. Today comes a new set of images showing the larger iPhone 6 in production further confirming last week’s report of Apple having enough display panel for both its iPhone 6 variants.

This analysis, last week, showed us that Apple has enough Sapphire to produce both the iPhone 6 models AND the iWatch too. While the news came as an affirmation of seeing an Apple phablet this year, today’s production images of larger iPhone 6 further reinforce the analysis.


[Editorial] A few days ago Intel revealed its plans to introduce a Xeon with an FPGA onboard and on the same LGA 2011 socket too. That is very big news. This is the beautiful unification of an x86 chip with a reprogrammable integrated circuit that could set a precedent that completely changes certain industries. Our sources indicate that this Xeon chip will be of the E5 series (or get a completely new nomenclature) so this is targeted towards the server market (not that you can deter the determined enthusiast) but could be the first step of a much larger evolution.

Intel Xeon FPGA Hybrid Processors (3)Not an official image. Also we are not aware which FPGA maker will be used.

Intel’s Hybrid Xeon FPGA Integration Could be an X86 Revolution in the Making – Upto 20x Performance Boost

I am sure most of you will know what an FPGA is, but for the sake of covering my bases allow me to get into a short intro. And FPGA or a field programmable gate array is an integrated circuit that can be reprogrammed after it is manufactured. Unlike a traditional CPU whose programming is locked in stone (it might appear as if your CPU can do everything but it is actually limited by the hard coded instructions inside) an FPGA can be reprogrammed for any specific task. Now here is the thing, ASICs and FPGAs are lightning fast. They are so good at what they do (because their programming is application specific) that they usually leave commercial x86 processors in the dust. The fastest is of course the ASIC but just like your average CPU its programming is set in stone. The FPGA is something of a middle way and a really efficient one at that. So Intel will be combining this reprogrammable chip into its hybrid Intel Xeon E5 processors.

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Reports from Overclockers.Co.Uk have emerged which seem to indicate that successor of AMD’s flagship Radeon R9 290X graphics card might possibly in-development. The new graphics card is being positioned to tackle NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti which still holds the single-chip performance crown whereas the dual-chip throne is held by AMD’s Radeon R9 295X2.AMD Radeon R9 290X Successor Hawaii XTX

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AMD Could Already Have A Radeon R9 290X “Hawaii XT” GPU Successor

In comments posted by overclocker 8Pack over at OCUK forums which were spotted by Videocardz, the user tells that the Radeon R9 290X successor is definitely on the way. Surprisingly, if you take a closer look at the comment, 8Pack seems to confirm the existence of not one but two separate chips. In the original thread, 8Pack mentions that AMD already have their next-generation high-end part ready for a while and that AMD also have a Hawaii chip fully enabled, in-development under their sleeves. We might have not taken this seriously if this was a post from a random forum but this coming out from 8Pack who’s a renowned overclocker and has links with several tech companies is quite surprising indeed.

Now you may remember my old article which explicitly mentioned that the Hawaii GPU may have extra compute units left disabled? The article being a rumor was quickly debunked by AMD’s Dave Baumann (Technical Marketin Manager at AMD) at Beyond3D Forums. The report which was posted by industry insider Dr.Lee or DGLee  unveiled some critical details of the fully enabled Hawaii chip and mentioned that the Hawaii GPU actually holds 48 compute units which amount to 3072 stream processors. If AMD does have this chip prepared for launch, then this could be a major attack on the GeForce GTX 780 Ti which has no successor in sight planned till Q4 2014 as hinted in the recent rumors. The upcoming GeForce GTX 880 and GeForce GTX 870 which are expected to launch with the latest Maxwell core and at lower cost than the GeForce 700 series cards will arrive in either October or November time-frame.


A relatively short update. AMD is teasing something that has been overdue for a long time. Red is teasing an AMD FX Series Processor, a desktop one. The teaser features a black box, barely in focus which depicts a new ‘FX Processor’ and the statement that ‘something new is coming’. The teaser is in the form of a tweet posted by @amd_roy.AMD FX Processor Teaser

New Water Cooled ‘FX-Series’ Processor from AMD Incoming – Hints Teaser

Now the box art features an FX chip being splashed with water, which is probably homage to the AIO or closed loop water cooler that is included with the chip. Now we have ofcourse no idea about this chip apart from the fact that it is a desktop processor. I would be willing to guess that this is on the FX-9000 series however, and ships with a 220W envelope. As usual here is some unhelpful speculation with probabilities:

The chip could either be:

  • 1)  The same year old architecture given a refresh and some high clocks thanks to the water cooler. Probability of this is highest at 59% or so.
  • 2) Newer architecture and high clocks. Lower probability at 40% or so.
  • 3) Something else. 1%
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A couple weeks back, a rumor circulated around the premium version of HTC One M8. The HTC One M8 Prime is expected to be a 5.5-inch Quad HD display smartphone with every feature a little better than the M8 itself. Later on, we saw reports that HTC has cancelled the project. Today come some new updates regarding the HTC One M8 Quad HD device.HTC One M8 Prime

HTC One M8 Prime:

@evleaks had shared a few renders of HTC One M8 Prime sharing the details and specifications of the premium smartphone. However, the latest reports indicate that HTC is apparently not going to release the M8 Prime, but would launch another flagship with Quad HD display later in this year.

After the launch of LG G3, Samsung and HTC too are expected to come up with their Quad HD smartphones. With the latest reports, it seems organic of HTC to launch a smartphone with better features and specs. According to a tip sent to PhoneArena, the unrevealed tipster claims that HTC will launch a new flagship with 5.2-inch Quad HD screen. This reportedly would replace the HTC One Max and will be announced in the second half of the year.

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We have been hearing reports about the delay of Haswell-E to September for ages now but its today that the confirmation came through via a leak. If there is one site you can trust in the matter of Intel leaks, its the Chinese VR Zone, and as always they have conveniently leaked the details about Haswell-E and Haswell Refresh Pentiums.

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Intel Haswell-E and X99 Chipset Coming in September – Haswell Refresh Pentium Processors Arriving 20th July

Intel’s Haswell-E processors are one of the most awaited linups in the high end enthusiast circles and recent times have seen delay after delay on high end nodes both in the CPU and GPU markets. The reasons for this are of course increased difficulty in the phyiscal aspect of lowering a node while maintaining good yields. Haswell-E lineup consists of the i7-5960X, i7-5930K and i7-5820K. The X99 Chipset codenamed “Wellsburg” will support the LGA 2011-3 Socket. It will support overclocking for both the ‘X’ and ‘K’ variants and has 4 Memory Channels. It will support CPU (Ratios and BCLK) and GPU overclocking and will have all the usual features such as Intel Rapid Storage and RST Smart Response Tech (and Rapid Recover too). It will have 14 USB ports and 10 Sata ports. So that was just a bit memory refresher; now the actual leak:

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ASRock has launched two new motherboards today – The Z97 Anniversary and the Z97M. As the name suggests, the boards have been designed specially for Intel’s Pentium Anniversary edition processor, the Intel Pentium G3258. The Intel Pentium G3258 comes with a special free multiplier, which primes the processor for overclocking. Well, Taiwanese manufacturer ASRock has now further facilitated overclocking on the processor through introducing its special 9 series boards which feature special OC features.


ASRock’s Z97 Anniversary and Z97M Boards Arrive With Exclusive ‘Pentium Anniversary Boost’ Technology. Offer Easy Overclocking For Beginners And Pros Alike.

ASRock’s latest offering allow increasing the frequency of your Pentium G3258 at only a couple of keystrokes. The board differs from other manufacturers offering by not only offering a simple BIOS update. The ASRock Z97 Anniversary and Z97M boards when coupled with a Intel Pentium G3258 now allow users and enthusiasts to manually select their desired frequency levels. This can be done by pressing the ‘P’ key after turning on the CPU and choosing the desired frequency levels. The ‘Pentium Anniversary Boost’ feature on the board will then automatically overclock the respective CPU components. The maximum frequency that can be achieved through this function is 4.2 GHz. This is a 1Ghz frequency gain from the stock core frequency of the dual core processor. The stock frequency limit on the Pentium G3258 is 3.2GHz. For higher overclocking however, detour through the BIOS will be required.

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Surface Mini confirmed by Microsoft:

Microsoft unveiled its Surface Pro 3 tablet in May this year. While Surface Pro is geared towards professional usage with tons of features exclusively advertised to set Surface apart from its primary rival iPad, many expected Microsoft to launch a Mini version this year too. Apple has been getting some good profits from its iPad Mini tablets, Microsoft’s Surface Mini was just a natural development expected.Surface Mini

However, Microsoft did not launch any Mini tablet and the earlier speculations of Surface Mini were considered to be just rumors and leaks. Seems like they were not simply rumors or leaks but Microsoft’s Surface Mini does

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Remember a few days ago when the gaming community discovered that there were hidden graphic files that unlocked the ‘ultra; E3 2012 look of “Watch Dogs”? Well Ubisoft replied to that some time ago and I thought it would be worth covering. The reply is in my humble opinion a classic PR reply and I think you would better see for yourself.


‘Ultra’ E3 2012 ‘Watch Dogs’ Build Was Turned Off to make the Game More Stable – Ubisoft

For a quick recap, basically multiple settings, that were apparently completely harmless, were turned off in the PC Build. These settings were more or less the same as those used in E3 2012. Now, I think it is worth mentioning that the reports we got were of increased stabliity and even better frame rate after the application of these ‘locked’ settings. Here is the official Ubisoft reply:

The dev team is completely dedicated to getting the most out of each platform, so the notion that we would actively downgrade quality is contrary to everything we’ve set out to achieve. We test and optimize our games for each platform on which they’re released, striving for the best possible quality. The PC version does indeed contain some old, unused render settings that were deactivated for a variety of reasons, including possible impacts on visual fidelity, stability, performance and overall gameplay quality. Modders are usually creative and passionate players, and while we appreciate their enthusiasm, the mod in question (which uses those old settings) subjectively enhances the game’s visual fidelity in certain situations but also can have various negative impacts. Those could range from performance issues, to difficulty in reading the environment in order to appreciate the gameplay, to potentially making the game less enjoyable or even unstable.

Thanks for playing “Watch Dogs” and stay safe on the mean streets of Chicago.

-The Watch Dogs Team

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Two weeks back Intel launched its Devil’s Canyon line of processors. The two processors launched, the Intel Core i7-4790K and the Core i5-4690K feature an openly upward multiplier and feature an impressive overclocking potential. This is also made possible through an improved heat transfer between the chip and the heat spreader. The Core i7-4790K is also the first consumer processor to feature a base frequency of 4.4 GHz. So it was only a matter of time before overclockers and enthusiasts managed to get their hands on the latest offering by Intel and push its limits even further. Taiwanese enthusiast NickShih has done just that.


Intel Devil’s Canyon Core i7-4790K Overclocked To A Massive 7003.38 MHz. ASRock’s Z97 OC Formula Used.

The overclocking of the Core i7-4790K puts NickShih in first place in HWBOT rankings. The enthusiast has managed to get a score of 2.0 points on the Hardware Points (UHP) rankings and a score of 5.5 on the Hardware Team Power Points (HTPP) list. He has managed to top the previous record for Devil’s Canyon Core i7-4790K. This record was held by another Taiwanese enthusiast Toppc. Toppc managed to overclock the processor to an impressive 6842 MHz. But NickShih is the first enthusiast to cross the 7000MHz mark for the Core i7-4790K.

1188592NickShih’s run also earns him the first position globally for overclockers running the Devil’s Canyon Core i7-4790K. However, the list is very small presently, with only four contenders present. With time we hope that the number of contenders increases and they manage to further push the processor.

The motherboard used by the Taiwanese enthusiast was ASRock’s Z97 OC Formula. The board comes with a 12 phase power design and two 8-pin EPS connectors. As with all the Z boards manufactured, it is specially primed for overclocking attempts. No other hardware details are available except for memory and cooling details. The memory employed by the enthusiast was DDR3 SDRAM. Cooling, as expected was done through liquid nitrogen which allows for stable compressor operation. Thats all the news we have for you today regarding Devil’s Canyon overclocking today folks. Stay tuned for more impressive runs, which we should hopefully see a lot of in the future. Cheers.

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AMD is increasing focus on the FirePro and there fore GPGPU side of things. It already has major design wins in the form of the Mac Pro where AMD cards are used but now not only does it want a more fair share of the cake that Nvidia is eating but it has also introduced the FirePro S4000X and FirePro S9150 (which is the passive version of W9100).AMD S4000X MXM GPU

AMD Wants to Invest More on the FirePro Side of Things – Want’s a Piece of the Pie Nvidia is Eating

Currently Nvidia has a major lead in GPGPU sector whose high end is dominated by Tesla and Quadro graphics (the video industry has an almost perfect monopoly for Nvidia Cards). But AMD is looking to change all that, infact in a niche presentation given on Computex (which we have just now received thanks to some friends) they revealed that they are going to increase investment in the FirePro side of things. This investment will be both on the software and media level, which means that they will not only increase money on R&D but on Marketing as well. Also the AIB Sapphire has pledged its support and since it is highly active in Europe thats a good sign.

Lisa Su and David Cummings mentioned the OpenCL way that is the path of choice for FirePro cards and how the open compute platform provides better flexibility than CUDA and Quadro/Tesla counterparts. It was at this presentation that two new models, that have only been heard off on paper before were shown. The first of these models were the FirePro S4000X which is an MXM Module based GPU designed specifically for Blade Servers.  It has a peak single precision capacity of 992 Gflops and houses 640 processing units while sipping just 45W of juice. The GPU is Cape Verde. The second card shown was the AMD FirePro S9150, which is just the passively cooled model of AMD’s influential W9100 Professional Graphic Card.

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[RUMOR] Wait, Stop! Notice the rumor tag. Alright so heres the deal, a couple of weeks ago our very reliable colleagues at Videocardz revealed that Tonga GPU would be manufactured by GlobaloFoundries (GloFo) so you can imagine our surprise when we received a completely contradictory point of view from Russian Overclockers. They state that Tonga GPU will actually be manufactured by TSMC. Their report can be found here.


AMD Tonga GPU will be Fabricated on TSMC’s 28nm Node and Land in Autumn Claims Russian Report

This is a rather short update, but it deserved posting. Now the primary reason I have put the rumor tag is that although Overclockers Russia is reliable, it directly contradicts VCZ, which I consider more reliable. Russian Overclockers did not state their sources but that is something to be expected when exclusive news sources are concerned. They also state that Tonga is going to land in Autumn. Tonga is basically the an island family (and a State) which consists of 176 Islands. AMD’s nomenclature has always been partial to volcanic islands and landscapes, and the Tonga Nomenclature is no different.

We have already heard reports of the R9 M295X and the expected GPU Counterpart is the R9 275X (since its performance is theoretically somewhere between the R9 270X and R9 280). Now a GPU is expected within 3 Months but once again everything we know is based entirely on leaks and no first hand information so a pinch of salt applies everywhere. TSMC has previously reported a GPU Market Share of 100% and this russian report would actualy verify that claim because if Tonga GPU is manufactured by GloFo then TSMC cannot really have a 100% GPU Market Share. Even though to be fair to TSMC the report was published when  Tonga GPU was still not (and still isnt) released.

iOS 8 jailbreak

Unveiled this month at WorldWide Developers Conference keynote, iOS 8 saw its second beta release yesterday. iOS 8 beta 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch brings in quite a number of features and improvements. These include, among others, interactive notifications and an important support for third-party keyboardsios 8 beta 2

Relevant read: Popular Third-Party Keyboards SwiftKey, Swype and Fleksy for iOS 8

iOS 8 beta 2 features:

Quite a few changes and improvements have been brought into the iOS 8 beta 2. Safari gets a couple new changes with private mode flash card showing private browsing information and quick links to add to bookmarks, reading lists, and Shared Links. One major update in Safari iOS 8 beta 2 is that the browser can now automatically block ads from redirecting to App Store without user interaction, an update that would be appreciated by almost all the iOS users.

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Annualization of franchises is a very interesting debate. One side of the camp argues in favour of game titles coming every year (of which Call of Duty is a prime example) while the other argues for the long wait that savors the anticipation. I personally don’t care how many iterations studios spin out as long as the game is good, but that’s probably just me. In an interview to Polygon, Patrick Soderlund states that Battlefield Hardline does not mean that BF will become an annualized franchise. Battlefield-Hardline-9-WM

Battlefield Will Not be Getting Yearly Iterations – Hardline the Exception, Not the Rule

Hardline, or rather the concept behind Battlefield Hardline has been in the pipeline for more than a decade. Its origins stem for the never released ‘Urban Combat’ game which has approximately 10 years later launched as Battlefield Hardline. One of the primary reasons Visceral was made to create an expansion pack was so it understood what it takes to make games for an IP like Battlefield. And ofcourse, to get some first hand experience in the same, before delving into the multiplayer rich Hardline. However, since it was revealed in close succession to Battlefield 4, Mr. Patrick stated the following to allay fears:

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to annualize Battlefield and that’s the way it’s going to be forever and ever,” he said. “I understand that some people may look at it that way but that’s what happened…..The EA that I’m trying to help build isn’t an EA that needs to annualize everything,”- Patrick Söderlund

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