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Resolution is a pretty interesting subject. Since it is a case of diminishing returns, the field is inevitably divided into two camps: the purists and those who can never have enough resolution. Most of the enthusiasts and gamers lie somewhere between these two points but probably the most agreed upon resolution is 1080p (or atleast currently anyways). It is therefore, quite troubling that the Oculus Rift, the visual gaming device of next generation only has a resolution of 1280×800 or atleast unless Nvidia’s R&D department can do something about it.nvidia cascaded display

Innovative LCD OverLapping Method Devised by Nvidia’s R&D Department to Increase Oculus Rift’s Resolution

So Basically, the concept is called Cascaded Display and it tries to offer a very cheap solution to the problem that not only Oculus Rift but all head mounted VR Displays faces: increasing resolution without adding an insane price tag. And I am pretty sure, nearly every one would agree that 1280×800 is too low a resolution with 1080p being the bare minimum. Well, Nvidia’s R&D department claims it can raise the ‘perceivable resolution’ to 2560×1600 and very cheaply at that. All they would need to do is stack 2 LCDs together. The method is really quite ingenious and surprisingly very simple. So simple in fact that anyone with reasonable DIY experience could make the hardware at home, although where they would get the software to run that is any body’s guess.

Nvidia Cascaded Display

 

Theoretically, if you put two lcds together on a slight offset (quarter pixel), with a quarter-wave film in the middle and the back light of the top lcd removed, you could increase the pixel density by a very strong factor. With one pixel acting as the shutter to 4 pixels your ‘perceived resolution’ increases to almost 2560×1600. It goes without saying that you would need to design special software to run these Cascaded Displays but the result should be an a very high resolution cheap display tech for VRs like Oculus Rift. And wait, it gets better than that, apparently one side effect is that the apparent refresh rate will increase from 60Hz as well. The problem is however that even though this tech is pretty awesome its targeted at head mounted VR displays. The reason being that when you stack two LCDs together, 1) the brightness decreases, 2) the angle of view decreases and 3) there is some distortion. Factor 1 and 3 aren’t really important to a nearly sealed and fully static (from the point of view of the wearer) head mounted VR display, but factor 2 is. However, Nvidia is confident that, that particular problem is very easily curbed on the software side of things. To read more about this technology click here.

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A server grade Intel LGA 2011-3 socketed motherboard along with the Haswell-EP Xeon E5 V3 processor have been spotted on sale over at EBay (via Overclock.net). Part of Intel’s upcoming Haswell-EP processor line, the new Xeon E5 V3 chips will feature improved IPC performance to meet demands of high-performance computing.Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5 V3

Intel LGA 2011-3 Motherboard and Haswell-EP Xeon E5 V3 Processor On Sale At EBay

The server grade motherboard we are looking at is designed for 2S operations so it makes use of dual LGA 2011-3 sockets which are fully compatible with the upcoming Haswell-EP processors. The sockets resemble the LGA 2011 socket since the design for both is kept the same if you have noticed the earlier X99 motherboard leaks. The LGA 2011-3 server motherboard is large and built for workstations and server environment hence the odd design and form factor. It features a total of 24 DDR4 DIMM slots and a total of 384 GB DDR4 memory using 16 GB memory sticks and more if using denser memory sticks or if the motherboard can actually support them but it possibly will given its workstation nature. The motherboard comes with several connectors and ports while the C610 chipset is hidden beneath the silver colored aluminum heatsink.

The motherboard is damaged from several areas as mentioned by the seller on EBay but it is in working condition so you can try your luck to get this working perfectly if you buy one but there’s no guarantee. Aside from the LGA 2011-3 motherboard, there’s also a Haswell-EP Xeon E5 V3 processor on sale which is in engineering state. The specific processor known as QFGH ES 2.10 GHz is clocked at 2.10 GHz and was manufactured in USA but aside from that, there are no details given. 2.10 GHz is a low clock so this chip could boast a higher core count but that is just speculation from my end. A few of you may ask, how do I even know this ES processor is an Haswell-EP CPU?

We have received a pretty interesting update on Nvidia’s Maxwell Mobility front. This mobility leak, as usual, comes from the user Cloudfire over at NotebookReview Forums. Apparently, the GTX 980M Flagship is landing in October this year. Since the release date of desktop Maxwell also coincides with this, and the information comes from a reliable source, I will not be tagging this post as a rumor and will treat it as confirmed.

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Geforce 900 Series Mobility Maxwell – GTX 980M Flagship Shipping in October

Uptill  now we only knew that some new Geforce Mobility Cards were coming and that they were going to have Maxwell Counterparts as well. We now have a more or less a reliable lock on the release date of the main card as well. The New Nvidia cards are going to be landing in around October this year and are going to be a part of the new 900 series. The Geforce GTX 980m is going to be the flagship card of the whole bunch and though we do not have confirmation on lithography, it will most likely be Maxwell and the mobile variant of the GM204 die.

That said, I am not sure how this will fit in with the 880MX leaks we have been getting for a while now. Since if the dies are Maxwell then in all probability we are looking at 28nm node and if it is 28nm then the GTX 880MX was supposed to be the new mobility king. If the GTX 980M is instead making an appearance then does that mean we won’t be seeing the MX series after all? Most Probably. Unless ofcourse, Nvidia goes completely bonkers and decides to go for another milking run instead, which would seem highly unlikely. Since the Mobility GPU, GTX 980M has a very distinctive name, not to mention a nomenclature flagship, as opposed to a transitional name such as being a variant of the preceding series with just ‘MX’ added, these GPUs are here to stay for a while. Now for some good old speculation on the upcoming Geforce 900 Series Mobility Cards Lineup:

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VisionTek has expanded their CryoVenom series of liquid cooled and limited edition graphics cards lineup with the latest CryoVenom Radeon R9 295X2 offering superior cooling performance and easier installation then the stock variant of AMD’s flagship Vesuvius graphics card. The CryoVenom Radeon R9 295X2 ships in a standalone liquid block version at $1750.00 US, 240mm radiator variant for $2000.00 and 360mm rad variant for $2025.00 US. The company also ships their liquid cooling kits and bundles seperately which can be bought  for $299.99 and $329.99 US respectively.CryoVenom

VisionTek’s GPU Lineup Expands With CryoVenom Radeon R9 295X2 Liquid Cooled Graphics Card

High-Performance Liquid Cooled CryoVenom Graphics Card Line

Press Release - VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek) http://www.visiontekproducts.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs®, today announced the addition of new graphics cards models, complete cooling kits, and card/cooling kit bundles to its high-performance liquid cooled PC compatible CryoVenom line.

Complete Kits Solve Four Major Liquid Cooling Concerns

To complement the CryoVenom R9 290 liquid cooled graphics card, the “quietest, coolest, and fastest” single AMD GPU ever tested by PC Magazine, and Finalist in the Best New Product – Computer Hardware category of The 2014 American Business Awards, CryoVenom Liquid Cooling Kits were developed in conjunction with EKWB to solve four major concerns of those considering liquid cooling:

[Rumor][Debunked: Fake] [See comment below for more information] The first CPUZ shot of the much awaited next generation APU has finally leaked out. The source is someone I have never used before but the site in question is of very high ranking. However, I am still going to tag this as rumor because of a single inconsistency mentioned below. The website is Guru3D .

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AMD’s Flagship 20nm Carrizo APU A10-8890K – 95W TDP, Hexa Core and 4.4 Ghz Clock

Now a CPUZ from a reliable source is pretty much what any news house worth their salt hopes for. And this appears to be just that. The first thing I noticed is that AMD is continuing the standard APU nomenclature and the new Carrizo APU will be called the A10-8890K. The A10 prefix indicates its part in the A-10 Elite series and K suffix indicates that this particular APU will have an unlocked multiplier. Now if you take a look at the logo you will notice that it says “Elite Hexa Core”, which means that Carrizo APU has 6 cores and considering the TDP (95W) and core clock of 4.4 Ghz thats pretty damn impressive. Take a look at the CPUZ yourself:

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Intel is releasing their HEDT Haswell-E processors in the coming months which includes the flagship Core i7-5960X CPU. Since the processors are built for the high-end desktop market, their target audience would be overclocking fanatics and enthusiasts. My friend, Kevin Owi at OCDrift has revealed an interesting feature regarding the new processors which will help overclockers in setting the fastest frequency records.Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X De-lid

Intel’s Flagship Haswell-E Core i7-5960X Processor De-Lidded – Uses Soldered TIM

Kevin was able to get hold of an Intel Core i7-5960X processor which will be the flagship part of the Haswell-E lineup and de-lidded it to reveal that it makes use of soldered thermal interface material instead of inferior thermal paste material which was featured on Ivy Bridge and Haswell processors which is blamed as one of the reasons for the high temperatures we got to see on those processors aside from the fully integrated voltage regulator (FVIR) which is being phased out after Broadwell generation of processors.

The Core 4000 series processors based on the Haswell microarchitecture were launched a year ago at Computex 2013. 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. While the Haswell processors were met with a great response and backed by a variety of overclocking features, the processors didn’t happen to be great at overclocking due to the cheaper application of TIM between the IHS (Internal HeatSpreader) and the Haswell silicon itself which resulted in the heat to remain trapped between the chip due to poor contact.

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During a presentation held in Taiwan, motherboard manufacturer ASRock unveiled their latest HEDT X99 chipset motherboards which include the X99 Extreme 6, X99 Extreme 4 and X99 Killer. XFastest was able to grab shots of these new motherboards which we saw back at Computex where they were displayed in engineering state, while now they have been updated with the final heatsink designs and layout for Intel’s upcoming Haswell-E CPU lineup.ASRock LGA 2011-3 Socket

ASRock’s High-Performance X99 Extreme 6, X99 Extreme 4 and X99 Killer Motherboards

ASRock has showed three high-end desktop motherboard based on the X99 chipset which include the ASRock X99 Extreme 6 and X99 Extreme 4 which were seen back at Computex 2014 and a new addition to the lineup, the X99 Killer which is more of a gaming oriented and feature packed offering. Each motherboard supports its own set of features for overclocking and the latest LGA 2011-3 socket to support Haswell-E processors which will be shipping in the month of September in retail. The latest X99 Express chipset features featuring 14 USB ports (6 USB 3.0 and 8 USB 2.0), 10 SATA 6GBps ports, integrated clock support, 8×1 PCIe 2.0, Clarksville GbE PHY and the Realtek Audio Codec.The chip has a max TDP of 6.5W and measures 23x22mm which is larger than the X79 chipset. The platform would also be the first to support DDR4 memory.

It looks like Nvidia has finally spoken officially about Mantle. And turns out that they think that Mantle is basically useless (for Geforce GPUs) and there is no sense in supporting it. This is probably one of the most painstakingly obvious PR reports I am going to make. There was just no way Nvidia would end up supporting Mantle, regardless of the fact whether Mantle could or could not have been of use to them. The sheer rivalry and competitive nature of their relationship just would not have permitted this to happen.

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Nvidia’s Official Stance on Mantle: Hasn’t Happened, Wont Happen and Not Needed

The actual PR statement was made on a Podcast at MaximumPC and the transcript has been taken from DSOGaming.com. Before we begin lets take a look at that they said, here is the first para:

“We don’t know much about Mantle, we are not part of Mantle. And clearly if they see value there they should go for it. And if they can convince game developers to go for it, go for it. It’s not an Nvidia thing. The key thing is to develop great technologies that deliver benefits to gamers. Now in the case of Mantle it’s not so clear to me that there is a lot of obvious benefits there.” – Tom Petersen & Rev Lebaradian.

Basically Nvidia stated that if you take a look at their recent driver updates you will notice almost no performance difference between the new drivers and Mantle API in configurations that matter which is possibly a reference to the fact that extreme amounts of CPU Overhead is rare (e.g: coupling an i3 with a GTX 780 Ti SLI). They are of course referring to the wonder drivers that matched Mantle’s performance increases on the DX11 (something I released criticism on too) which was quite an achievement. The problem is that, nearly every other game is optimized differently so it becomes very hard to distinguish between an API’s Low Level Optimization and just plain old driver optimization. The end result is that the battle becomes blurred and the stage remains unchanged.

NVIDIA’s next generation Maxwell core architecture based GeForce GTX 880, GeForce GTX 870 and GeForce GTX 860 will launch in October this year, as reported by GDM.OR.JP. The site which is part of one of the most major hardware retailers in Japan have been pretty accurate with their earlier leaks so we will assume that the October launch time-frame is quite accurate considering the launch was planned for Q4 2014 was narrowed down to October / November a few weeks ago and now we have a much more accurate schedule of NVIDIA’s Maxwell GPU launches.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880

NVIDIA Maxwell Based GeForce GTX 880 and GeForce GTX 870 To Launch in Early October

The first two Maxwell cards to launch in the consumer market would be the high-performance GeForce GTX 880 and GeForce GTX 870. These cards will feature the GM204 core architecture which is the successor of the GK104/GK114 core from the Kepler generation. From little things we know thanks to the leaked PCB shot of NVIDIA’s alleged GeForce GTX 880 graphics card, we come to know that the core being used for the sample variant was GM204-INT41684-A1 however there has been a little variation in the codename and it is now called GM204-CS0-A1 (note that the CS stands for Consumer Sample) which means that final testing is under way and the chip will soon end up in the consumer market as the GeForce GTX 880. The chip is also the first of four variants which will make their way to the rest of the lineup including the GeForce GTX 870.

The GeForce GTX 870 on the other hand will be a cut down variant of the GK204 core featured on GeForce GTX 880 with some disabled SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) units. Its not know what specifications does the GM204 hold in general but it does feature a die size larger than its predecessor which is due to the existing 28nm process technology and the card will make use of high-frequency SKHynix H5GQ4H24MFR 0.5G clocked at 7 GHz. We will most probably be looking at a 256-bit since the memory arrangement as seen on the ES board is similar to the GeForce GTX 680 ES board and the final consumer variant. The card was shown with 8 GB GDDR5 memory which is a lot of VRAM for a reference card but we believe that the cards will ship in 4 GB variants. Aside from that, the total power consumption would be similar to Kepler around 195W but it will deliver performance on scale with some of the overclocked GeForce GTX 780 Ti’s we have seen. If the recent GeForce GTX 880 benchmark is taken for reference, we might be looking at a 20-30% performance uplift from Maxwell over GK110 which is insane and makes us wonder the performance uplift with the GM200 core which won’t ship to consumers till next year.

There have been countless leaks and rumors about Nvidia’s Second Generation Maxwell Architecture. Some of them have been pretty far fetched while others are almost confirmed. I have wanted to do an aggregate post summarizing all the authentic leaks so far for quite some time now but haven’t gotten the chance up-till now. I would also like to point out that the Majority of the Maxwell Mobility details have been spotted by the now well-known user Cloudfire (over at NotebookReview Forums) while the desktop variant leaks have multiple sources, including but limited to: Videocardz.com, SweClockers.com and Our Own.Maxwell-GTX-880-

Geforce Second Generation Maxwell Architecture – GM204, GM206 and GM200 Overview

Lets start with the desktop counterparts first. As you can probably guess, all Nvidia cores starting with the prefix GM2xx are Maxwell Second Generation cores. Now the first generation of the Maxwell Architecture was the GM107 which is present in the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti. Now the first generation of Maxwell introduced some very impressive performance gains on the same node. However, due to some drastic change of plans behind the curtains, Nvidia seems to have abandoned the GM1xx completely; at least as far as Desktop is concerned. Currently all reports have pointed to the GM2xx Dies being developed on the 28nm node and this begs the question what is the difference between GM1xx and GM2xx. There are two possibilities, one is what I want to hear: that the GM2xx might contain ARM cores and the other which I logically know is more probable: performance gains and a better architectural revision. The cores are as follows:

[Rumor] The Italian site bitsandchips.it has posted something quite radical today. Citing inside sources, the website claims that the FM2+ socket is sticking around till 2016,and we won’t be seeing DDR4 Support on desktop till the same time. It also claimed that we will not be getting a post Bulldozer architecture till 2016. Needless to say a pinch of salt is a must here.AMD Excavator Performance

AMD FM3+ Socket, DDR4 Support and Post-Bulldozer Architecture in 2016, Carrizo Notebook Only till then – Alleges Italian Report

Ironically, I posted my speculation on AMD’s 12 Core truckload teaser a few hours ago and discussed multiple possibilities. While these ranged from 12 Compute Cores, to 12 Steamroller Cores to a New Architecture, if this report is correct then that pretty much throws all of that out the window (excluding HSA). The report claims that AMD’s FM2+ socket is going to stick around till 2016. Since DDR4 is going to come with the FM3+ socket, the Italian site says that we will not be seeing DDR4 on any desktop products till 2016. The report seems pretty confident about these facts and cites them as such. Summarizing:

  • AMD’s FM3+ Socket in 2016.
  • New Post Bulldozer/SMT Architecture in 2016.
  • No DDR4 Support in Desktop Processors till 2016.
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After the release of a report claiming that OS X Yosemite will see a delayed public release in October and will share the event with a new 4K thunderbolt display, we are seeing a leaked images and concepts getting a new life. Apple kept up with yesterday’s buzz by releasing the first OS X Yosemite public beta to the users. Earlier report came from a trusted source which has managed to successfully predict – or report – a number of bits related to Apple in the past too.

With this revived expectation of Apple working on a new 4K Thunderbolt desktop (there is also an indication that this could be a new iMac with 4K support instead of the Thunderbolt 2 display), here comes the first concept of the beautiful 4K thunderbolt display. This Apple 4K cinema concept comes from Edgar Rios who has designed a rather gorgeous new 4K Thunderbolt Display. With minimal bezels on the right and left sides and curved design, the new 4K thunderbolt display does look quite sleek. 

Update: The teaser is actually done on an easy to spot ”cool truck” template found on the web (thanks to _John_ for that) but the image itself was posted by AMD PR. See my comment below for more information.

[Caution: Not Confirmed] I noticed something pretty interesting posted over at Planet3DNow. Basically the guys over there have managed to find an AMD PR image that was posted under the #AMDEvolved twitter handle (I couldn’t find the picture myself, but I probably didn’t look hard enough). The picture depicts 12 AMD Robots. Since the robots are an analogy for cores, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that AMD is planning something with 12 Cores.

AMD 12 Core ProcessorA truck carrying 12 AMD ‘Cores’. The A Series Logo depicting APUs is also visible.

PR Material Hints at an A Series APU with 12 CPU Cores – Probably Steamroller

Before I let the wrong idea through let me explain why I have tagged it as ‘Not Confirmed’. See, AMD has a very funny way of naming cores. Kaveri has, according to AMD, 12 compute cores. 4 of these cores are CPU and 8 of these are CUs. Ofcourse this is pretty misleading since CPU and GPU cores are nothing alike, but the fact remains. It is possible that these 12 Robots depict 12 Compute Cores as opposed to just 12 Steamroller Cores and I wanted to make that clear. This is also the reason I have tagged the post as not confirmed. An interesting thing to note is that AMD introduced a new ‘robot’ in their “Core is Back” teaser video, which has a red color scheme. However these are the old robots with the standard white color scheme. This seems to suggest that all these robots are on the old steamroller architecture and not a new one. And since Kaveri already exists, boasting a 12 Compute Core A Series APU doesn’t make any sense and therein lies the logical conclusion: the truck must be boasting 12 Steamroller Cores.

The Russian site overclockers.ru has released some pretty interesting information about Intel’s Atom Processors specifically the Moorefield platform.  This platform is specifically targeted to the mobile sector, namely the tablet and android segments. The Moorefield platform boasts 4 cores (which is 2 more than Merrifield) and 64bit support all on 22nm.Intel Atom Merrifield and Moorefield

Intel Atom Moorefield Processors Begin Shipping – Quad Cores on the 22nm Node

Now Merrifield is a completely new platform that Intel introduced specifically for the smart phone sector. Even though it is currently bleeding money out of Intel Corporation, the fact of the matter is that they need to keep moving forward to breach the barrier to entry. Before the actual leak, I think a brief intro is in order. The Moorefield platform, which is somewhat of a successor to Merrifield has SoCs that are 64 Bit Quad Cores. Its previous codename was Anniedale and is based on the Silvermont micro architecture. It does not support hyper threading and will have exactly 4 threads. Now information after this is somewhat hazy but Morganfield is supposed to succeed Moorefield on the 14nm node. Morganfield will make the shift to Goldmont micro architecture and was previously codenamed Broxton.

AMD Core Logo
Hardware

AMD has just posted their “Core is Back” teaser over at their Facebook page which hints at an imminent CPU announcement. Now this may sound crazy but this actually coming from AMD’s official Facebook and Youtube pages makes this so much more interesting that we couldn’t wait to find out what this announcement is about actually.AMD Core is Back

AMD CORE IS BACK Teaser Video

AMD Teases “Core Is Back” Teaser and Core Evolution Video

AMD is teasing their upcoming CPU announcement with a picture on their Facebook page and a CGI Video on their YouTube channel. The Facebook page and Youtube Video lists down the following statements:

The war continues to rage and battles may be lost but heroes will evolve.#AMDEvolved via AMD Facebook

“In your PC, applications battle for resources. While powerful CORE hardware fights to maintain the balance. But the war never ends. And the applications only get stronger. Battles may be lost. But heroes will EVOLVE. CORE IS BACK!” via AMD YouTube

When I first saw this picture, I thought it was some fan prompting AMD to release a new CPU but after looking at the teaser video, I become quite excited myself. As you can note, the “Core is Back” title is a conformation that a new CPU announcement is coming and some might even say that core can also be used for GPU but if you take a look at the video, you will notice that applications and CPU have a mutual relationship and makes it the only device to do such a teaser announcement for. The video itself is called “Core Evolution” which hints that the new core technology is an evolution of an existing architecture. So this could be a new FX launch, an updated Kaveri APU or a FX APU based on Steamroller architecture with the iGPU disabled for faster core clock speeds.



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