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ASUS Z97 motherboard lineup has been leaked which include their upcoming Z97 ROG, Sabertooth and Legacy series products. We also have details regarding the features which ASUS’s next generation Z97 motherboards feature for gamers and overclockers.ASUS Z97 Motherboards

ASUS Z97 Motherboard Unveiled – ROG Maximus, Sabertooth and Deluxe Boards

The ASUS Z97 motherboards lineup includes a total of 6 new leaked products which range in different tiers. Starting with the flagship ROG (Republic of Gamers) overclocking lineup which includes three motherboards:

  • ASUS Maximus VII Hero
  • ASUS Maximus VII Gene
  • ASUS Maximus VII Ranger
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NVIDIA may very well be preparing their Maxwell based GM204 GPU as spotted in a leak posted by Videocardz. The leak which shows shipment data from Zauba.com (via 3DCenter) lists several GPUs along with their naming codes which means that NVIDIA may be currently testing their next generation graphics processing units.NVIDIA Maxwell

NVIDIA Maxwell GM204 GPU Spotted In The Wild, Kepler GK210 In Works

The first chip spotted is the GM204 GPU which is based on NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture. How do we know if its based on Maxwell architecture? Simple, the naming scheme and the ‘M’ moniker which is used to represent the specific architecture of the chip is used for the Maxwell generation of GPUs, e.g. GM107 (GeForce Maxwell), GK 104 (GeForce Kepler, GF104 (GeForce Fermi). The chip is codenamed GM204-GB3-256 which is pretty interesting since it brings up some speculation, the 256 at the end could mean a 256-bit bus interface which might seem true since NVIDIA’s GM204 predecessor, the GK104 featured a 256-bit bus or it could just be one of those odd naming schemes (GK104-225-A2).

It is not confirmed what process would the GeForce Maxwell GM204 GPU would be based on but if the card is planned for launch in early 2H 2014 then we will be looking at a 28nm architecture otherwise we will most likely see 20nm Maxwell GPUs. We recently reported how AMD is going to stick with 28nm across their products this year so they same may be true for NVIDIA. Both companies can wait and perfect their 20nm GPUs for launch next year. The new Maxwell cards would be released as the GeForce 800 series as reported several times before since the GeForce 700 series is over crowded with several GK110 chips. The first two GPUs, presumably the GTX 880 and GTX 870 could both be based on the GM204 GPU but that remains to be seen until officially confirmed. NVIDIA did release their first GeForce Kepler cards on the GM104 architecture and only launched their higher performance GK110 a year later as the GeForce GTX Titan and now we have a lineup that has several GK110 cards.

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During their quarterly earnings call for Q1 2014, AMD revealed that they would stick with 28nm across all their products as opposed to 20nm which is the process reserved for their future products. Many have their eyes on AMD’s next generation of graphics cards which will feature new and improved 20nm process technology but we have to wait a bit more to see those GPUs in action.AMD 20nm

AMD To Stick With 28nm Across All Products This Year

Lisa Su (Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Business Units at AMD) revealed that their graphics and semi-custom business products are both on 28nm. We have seen several 28nm products across AMD graphics and processors designs which include the Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 series for graphics while Steamroller, Jaguar powering AMD’s processors and accelerated processing units. The transcript of the session can be seen below:

Lisa Su – SVP and General Manager of Global Business Units

Sure, Chris. So let me take that and give you a little bit of our thinking.

So in terms of product and technology selection, certainly we need to be at the leading-edge of the technology roadmap. So what we’ve said in the past is certainly this year all of our products are in 28-nanometer across both, you know, graphics client and our semi-custom business. We are, you know, actively in the design phase for 20-nanometer and that will come to production. And then clearly we’ll go to FinFET. So that would be the progression of it.

Lisa Su – SVP and General Manager of Global Business Units

David, I think what I said earlier sort of what we’re doing in terms of technology strategy, we are 28 this year, we have 20-nanometer in design, and then FinFET thereafter. So that’s the overall product portfolio. via Seeking Alpha

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Sony and Microsoft’s respective PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles have been brought to life by the manufacturers by putting together small different pieces of very powerful hardware. Both the consoles rock top quality hardware including RAM, CPU and GPU. The central and graphics processing units of the next-gen consoles are specially made and customized by AMD.

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Next-Gen Console Sales and Demand for Radeon Graphic Cards Boosted AMD Earnings

Advanced Micro Devices, abbreviated and most commonly known as AMD, is a veteran American multinational semiconductor company that manufactures computer related technologies and chips. Two most important components i.e. GPU and CPU of the next-gen video game consoles have also basically been developed by AMD, customized specially to fit each console.

Despite being one of the leading central and graphics processing units developer, AMD’s financial conditions over past few years have not been smashing. Other companies such as NVIDIA prove to be a durable competitor to AMD. One thing that makes AMD more notable over other computer chips manufacturers is that it powers PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and certainly this is why the company’s earnings have improved quite well.

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MSI has revealed the pictures of their next generation XPOWER AC and MPOWER MAX AC motherboards which will feature built-in water cooling solutions. The pictures teased by MSI on their Facebook page showcase a new and improved design scheme for the flagship 9-Series chipset based XPOWER and MPOWER motherboards which will be aimed directly towards overclocking enthusiasts while the gaming lineup will be focused towards gamers.MSI XPOWER AC

MSI’s Next Generation XPOWER AC and MPOWER MAX AC Motherboards Pictured

Now, we have talked a lot regarding the MSI 9-Series motherboard lineups over the past few weeks since they have been releasing teasers on their Facebook page and even displayed some prototypes of their Next Gen chipset motherboards during CeBIT 2014. Well those were just prototypes and we couldn’t really make up as to exactly what features do these new boards support. From the few teaser images, we did make up that the new boards will come with interesting design and new features V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Military Class IV components, Delid Die Guard (XPOWER AC), M.2 interface, Audio Boost 2 and last but not least, new design schemes.

So let’s get on with the OC 9-Series Motherboard lineup from MSI which includes a total of 6 motherboards listed below:

  • MSI XPOWER AC
  • MSI MPOWER MAX AC
  • MSI MPOWER
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The retail prices of Intel’s upcoming Haswell Refresh processors have been revealed by Computerbase which show variants ranging from the top $303 US Core i7-4790 to the entry tier Celeron G1840T which will cost $42 US. Intel’s Haswell Refresh processors will launch on 10th of May and would be available for both Mobile and Desktop consumer platforms.Intel Haswell Refresh

Intel Haswell Refresh Desktop and Mobile Processors Prices Confirmed

Intel initially launched their fourth generation Haswell processors in June 2013 at Computex. The processors featured the latest 22nm core 3D Tri-gate transistors technology which improved the IPC and efficiency by a decent amount of Ivy Bridge. The upcoming Haswell Refresh processors are no different then these featuring bumped up clock speeds and more SKU design schemes such as low TDP and low power variants available at similar price points. A total of 26 desktop processors have started shipping to retailers across the globe and  would be available for sale in the upcoming days prior to their official launch planned for next month. The Core i7-4790 will be the flagship processor of the Haswell Refresh lineup and the first 22nm consumer CPU to obtain clock frequency of 4 GHz. It will feature 4 cores and 8 threads. The Core i7-4790 will also be available in ‘S’ and ‘T’ variants which will retail at the same price of $303 US but will feature lower clock speeds since they are aimed towards low TDP and low power platforms. Other models include Core i7-4785T, Core i5-4690, Core i5-4590, Core i5-4460, Core i3-4360, Core i3-4350, Core i3-4150 and several Pentium and Celeron variants all of which would be available in “T” and “S” variants.

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Microsoft announced DirectX 12 at Game Developers Conference 2014, a newer version of its famous and widely utilized DirectX gaming API. Along with the support for PCs, Laptops and Windows Phone devices, Microsoft also boasted individual Xbox One DirectX 12 support, claiming that the new API will provide much-needed strength to the latest next-gen console.

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DirectX 12 Comes with Titles Resources Feature – Gives More Control to Developers and Allows Further Optimization

In this situation where Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console has to bear swelled amount of blame everyday, the company’s new advanced API support for the console appears kind of a reinforcement. The new enhancements and improved hardware utilization that Microsoft promises DirectX 12 will offer seems quite an addition to the new API.

Software aside, DirectX 12 may seem like an aide for the Xbox One by tweaking hardware utilization mechanism but it is apparently quite clear that it will not directly put a great influence on the hardware and increase its overall aptitudes. Though the better software optimization will provide increased efficiency and will make the development process easy. Middleware SDKs like Graphine Software’s Granite SDK will correctly profit from upcoming DirectX 12.

Granite SDK is actually a graphical landscape generator. It is a set of software development tools that has been developed by middleware software company known as Graphine Software. Granite assists video game developers in creating HD in-game textures while preserving concentrated compression. Such SDKs will outwardly produce good results if utilized in PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game development.

Speaking to Gamingbolt, CEO of Graphine Software Aljosha Demeulemeester explained what new improvements could Microsoft’s API offer. After explaining how company’s Granite SDK performs with DirectX 11.2+, Demeulemeester shed light on how developers can benefit from improved capabilities of DirectX 12. He said:

“DX12 continues to build on DX11.1+ and as such, also includes the Tiled Resources feature. DX12 is however closer to the metal and gives more control to the developer.

This allows us to further optimize our tiling back end (for DX12) that takes care of loading texture tiles into video memory. Also, we get more access to how data is stored in video memory, which is very important for us. Specifically for our tiling back end, we expect a performance increase compared to DX11.1+ but we don’t have any hard numbers on this yet.”

It is still in debate that whether DirectX 12 will truly prove to be a win for Xbox One or if it will not be more of a little assistance. The upcoming gaming API will release next year but it has already unhinged the table. What do you think about DirectX 12? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Today, we have a interesting leak regarding MSI’s upcoming gaming 9-Series motherboard lineup which is expected to launch next month. As you all may have noticed from our reports, Intel will launch their next-gen 9-Series chip-set on 11th May which will include the latest Haswell Refresh processors and the new 9-Series boards which will debut on the same date.MSI-Zxx-Gaming-9-AC-Motherboard 9-Series

MSI 9-Series Motherboard Gaming Lineup Leaked – Includes 6 Board

Now, we have talked a lot regarding the MSI 9-Series motherboard lineups over the past few weeks since they have been releasing teasers on their Facebook page and even displayed some prototypes of their Next Gen chipset motherboards during CeBIT 2014. Well those were just prototypes and we couldn’t really make up as to exactly what features do these new boards support. From the few teaser images, we did make up that the new boards will come with interesting design and new features V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Military Class IV components, Delid Die Guard (XPOWER AC), M.2 interface, Audio Boost 2 and last but not least, new design schemes. Well, today we have the entire 9-Series motherboard lineup for you to feast your eyes upon which are detailed below. Do note that these 9-Series chipset based boards listed below are the Gaming tier boards from MSI and we are yet to see their overclocking (MPOWER/XPOWER) and legacy lineup which will be unveiled a few days prior to launch.

So let’s get on with the Gaming 9-Series Motherboard lineup from MSI which includes a total of 6 motherboards listed below:

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This week, overclocking enthusiasts have once again managed to push the boundaries of hardware far beyond their factory capabilities. Bulgarian enthusiast, I.nfraR.ed has managed to overclock the single core AMD Sempron 145 to 6636 Mhz. The CPU was released in 2010 and has a base clock frequency of 2800 MHz. Overclocking by I.nfraR.ed shows the capabilities of even the older line of processors and APUs out there.

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Benchmark on Cinebench R15 is highest for the Sempron 145 and single core processors in general.

I.nfraR.ed has been performing top overclocking of AMD products for quite a while according to our friends over at overclockers.ru. Last weeks results were not a disappointment either, with the enthusiast living up to his reputation. The frequency of 6636 MHz had a score of 158cb on Cinebench and has set a new record in the HWBOT database.

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Ubisoft’s next-gen open world action-adventure video game title based on advanced technology and hacking is still more than a month away from its release but the developer has already released all the details and information that is required to upsurge the thirst of those gamers that are impatiently waiting to jump into the game.

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Watch Dogs PC Trailer Was Recorded on Intel Core i7-3930K and GeForce Titan – Players Using AMD Graphics Cards Will Enjoy NVIDIA’s
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Since the delay of Watch Dogs, Ubisoft has released many details about the game including new screenshots and gameplay trailers. Though most visual details and trailers released by the developer were from the consoles’ version of Watch Dogs, specifically from PlayStation 4. Apparently considering it the right time, Ubisoft released a Watch Dogs PC trailer a few days ago.

The PC trailer showed dynamic in-game environment and textures, giving the credit to NVIDIA for collaborating with the developer and introducing new exclusive features and technologies for Watch Dogs. During the trailer, Watch Dog’s lead PC engineer explained how teamwork with NVIDIA resulted in more enhanced and immersive gameplay experience.

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The Evil Within is a brand new survival horror video game that is currently being developed by a Japanese video game development studio known as Tango Gameworks. The Evil Within will be released on August 26 in the US, 28 in Australia and 29 in the UK for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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The Evil Within Gameplay Trailer Introduces a New Villain who Walks Around With a Box on His Head

As the next-gen consoles are progressively strengthening their foots in the gaming industry and the advanced futuristic virtual reality technology is gradually kicking in, it seems like modern survival horror video games are becoming more prominent, probably because horror games are the best ones that describe virtual reality experience in the most flattened way.

The list of the upcoming fictitious future foretelling survival horror video game contains a title known as The Evil Within. If not for Fallout 4, Bethesda Softworks’ upcoming video game seems no less. The player takes control of the protagonist called Sebastian in The Evil Within. Fighting his way through a world of death, Sebastian comes across several mysterious and frightening monsters during his quest to find out the reality behind a mysterious force and save his life.

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Watch Dogs is the one game that gamers have become tired waiting for but still it does not seem like we have given up hope. Now that the release date is not so far away, the developer of the game, Ubisoft, is giving out various information and details about Watch Dogs and the gamers are eagerly waiting for the game to launch.

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First Watch Dogs PC Trailer Released by Ubisoft -  Boasts Advanced Nvidia Technologies and Features

Ubisoft Montreal’s next biggest upcoming game is reasonably Watch Dogs. Launching next month on May 27,  Watch Dogs was scheduled for release as a launch title for next-gen consoles way back in 2013. Ubisoft delayed the game saying it needed more polishing. Now as the release date of game is getting closer, Ubisoft is making gamers more desirous by releasing new information on the game.

Ubisoft has revealed several gameplay videos and screenshots of Watch Dogs since its reveal but most of the footage came from PlayStation 4 version of the game. Ubisoft shared almost nothing from the PC version of the game. Now recently, Ubisoft has released a trailer on YouTube showing Watch Dogs PC version. The trailer shows Chicago city and in-game environments.

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MSI has teased their upcoming flagship Z97 XPOWER AC motherboard on their Facebook page detailing several of its impressive features. The Z97 chipset motherboards are expected to hit the market around 10th May as hinted in several leaks earlier and will debut along with the Haswell Refresh processors replacing the current CPU lineup.MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Delid Die Guard

MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Flagship Motherboard To Support Delid Haswell Processors

When Intel launched their 8-Series platform, we saw an abundance of OC and Gaming motherboard from several manufacturer’s. Boasting unique and impressive design, features and specifications, the Z87 chipset based boards were an overclockers and gamers dream. The Haswell processors on the other hand brought several design and process enhancements plus featuring support for new and improved overclocking features but heat issues kept a lot of users from fully utilizing the OC potential of these chips. Only users who had either beastly water/air cooled PCs were able to churn some impressive OC numbers out of their chips while the rest of the audience was happy running it either on stock or around a easy 4 – 4.5 GHz clock speed.

During that time and Ivy Bridge before it that also had heating issues, several enthusiasts had started to use Delid processors which was the process to remove the heat-spreader off of the CPU so that the cooler base could make a direct contact with the core die to enable greater cooling to be directed towards the CPU. This eliminated the heating issues caused by the use of a low-quality TIM between the heatspreader of the Haswell and Ivy Bridge CPUs although a little blame has also had to be put on the FVIR design on these chips. But nevertheless, the high-end enthusiast market had find a way to tackle the issue. Some retailers even started selling pre-delid processors which showcased their demand by the enthusiast community.

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The high-performance division of Kingston Technology Company, the world leader in memory products, HyperX, whose portfolio includes high-speed DDR3 and SSDs today launched the HyperX Fury. The HyperX Fury is a memory line exclusively for gamers and enthusiasts and it replaces the HyperX blu memory line. The next generation high performance memory offers a slew of features including automatic overclocking through an asymmetric aggressive heatspreader design. This provides for the ultimate cost-efficient gamer experience.

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Fury to be available in frequencies of 1333MHz, 1600MHz, and 1866MHz. No need for manual BIOS tuning for high speeds.

The HyperX fury is fully Plug and Play. This means that there is no need for any manual BIOS tuning in order to achieve overclocking or high speeds. The memory is fully tailored for gamers and enthusiasts. In a statement, Lawrence Yang, Business manager HyperX elaborated”We are excited to offer our newest addition to the HyperX DRAM family for entry-level enthusiasts who want to maximize their gaming and user experience. This is a great product for someone looking to upgrade their gaming system at an affordable price.” The heatspreader design comes in four colors, as it can be seen in the image above. It features a black PCB to allow custom system builders color matching.

The memory is available in frequencies of 1333, 1600 and 1866 MHz, with capacities of 4GB-single, 8GB-single, 8GB-kit and 16GB-kit. CAS latency is 9 , 10 with a power requirement of 1.5 V. It is also backed by a lifetime warranty, free live technical support and the reliability which comes with Kingston products.

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AMD, today officially launches their flagship dual-chip Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card powered by two beastly Hawaii cores. The Radeon R9 295X2 is also the first reference card from a GPU manufacturer to adopt a hybrid cooler as a reference design which adds to the aesthetics and cooling of the card.AMD Radeon R9 295X2

AMD’s Radeon R9 295X2 ‘Vesuvius’ Bursts Vulcan-Power With Two Full Hawaii Cores

The naming of the card is enough to suggest the amount of power and performance the card holds. Featuring a tremendous dual Hawaii chip configuration, the Radeon R9 295X2 is a feat of engineering from the AMD team. The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 ‘Vesuvius’ features the Hawaii XT cores with GCN 1.1 architecture. With two Hawaii XT GPUs on the same board, the specifications equate to 2816 x 2 stream processors, 176 x 2 texture mapping units, 64 x 2 Raster Operators and 4 GB of GDDR5 memory on each chip which equates to a total of 8 GB GDDR5 memory. Double these and you get an impressive 5632 stream processors, 352 TMUs and 128 ROPs for an unprecedented amount of gaming and compute performance.

Clock speeds are maintained at 1018 MHz for the core which is impressive considering AMD managed to clock their chip 18 MHz faster than the stock variant without worrying about the heat. This shows that the new cooling design has things kept well under control. The 8 GB GDDR5 memory runs across a 512-Bit X 2 memory bus that is clocked at 1250 MHz effective clock speed (5.00 GHz effective clock speed). This pumps out a total of 640 GB/s memory bandwidth.



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