Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2015 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Summit Ridge, rumours, Godavari, Bristol Ridge, amd
This morning DigiTimes is reporting on a unconfirmed rumour that AMD's new APU, Godavari, will be arriving towards the end of May of this year. This goes along with the leak that WCCFtech reported on this weekend, they have information that the chip will be a Kaveri design with up to four Steamroller cores, a GCN 1.1 base GPU with up to 512 stream processors and a dual-channel DDR3 memory in an FM2+ socket. If their information is accurate you can expect to see models with 65W or 95W TDPs and boost clocks in the 4GHz range depending on the model. Also worth noting is the rumour that AMD has placed orders with ASMedia Technology for USB 3.1 controller ICs for release in September.
"AMD will launch Godavari series APUs at the end of May to compete with Intel's Broadwell and Skylake platforms, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures @ The Register
- Debian 8.0 'Jessie' arrives following Ubuntu 15.04 release @ The Inquirer
- SoftMaker eyes Microsoft with free office suite for Android tablets @ The Inquirer
- Grooveshark faces $750 MEELLION piracy payout @ The Register
- Tech ARP 2015 Mega Giveaway
Subject: Memory | April 27, 2015 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ddr4-3200, G.Skill, Ripjaws 4, 16GB
At $450 for 16GB of DDR4-3200, G.Skill's Ripjaws 4 kit is very well priced for DDR4 of that speed, especially if you like the active cooling fans. This particular kit is has timings of 16-16-16-36 with a 2T command rate. It also requires an impressive 1.35V to hit full speed, well above the 1.2V specification but in line with many of the other DDR4 enthusiast kits. Indeed when Hardware Canucks started their overclocking tests they raised that to 1.4V and managed a variety of tighter timings with reduced clock speed; worth noting is that all of those overclocks were successful when using a 1T command rate. Check out their full review here and don't forget to sign up for our contest!
"G.Skill's Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3200 16GB kit gives Haswell-E buyers an excellent combination of price, out-of-box performance and overclocking abilities. It has everything you could possibly want in a DDR4 kit."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3400 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Crucial Ballistix Elite 2666MHz Quad Channel DDR4 @ eTeknix
- Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 32GB Memory Kit Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Crucial DDR4 2133 MHz 32 GB (4x 8 GB) @ techPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2015 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Fanless PSU, enermax, Digifanless, 550W, modular psu, 80 Plus Platinum
The Enermax Digifanless 550W PSU is completely modular and as the name implies there is no fan to be found in this PSU. Instead large heatsinks take up most of the room inside the casing, with a mix of Nippon Chemi-con, Enesol and DuraTech capacitors with the PFC and power components hidden under those heatsinks. [H]ard|OCP's testing proved that the 80 PLUS Platinum rating that Enermax claims for this PSU is well deserved with efficiency over 90% in testing. [H] was more than impressed with the overall build quality and performance of this heatsink, however the MSRP is significantly higher than the competitions which was why this PSU was left holding Silver. It is not for sale yet here in North America so there is still a chance that a price reduction could make this PSU very attractive for those looking for a silent PC build.
"Enermax joins the ranks of the fanless computer power supply builders. These are of course a must-have for those enthusiasts looking for a zero noise profile computer build. Many times these sorts of builds of course suffer from very hot environments, so fanless PSUs are a perfect fit for our testing criteria."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- SilverStone Strider Gold S ST75F-GS V2 @ [H]ard|OCP
- Xigmatek Maverick S 500 W @ techPowerUp
- Andyson Titanium N 700 W @ techPowerUp
- SilverStone Strider Gold 1500W Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2015 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: plasma, linux, kubuntu
Kubuntu came about when Ubuntu switched to the Unity desktop environment as a KDE based alternative, which as Linux.com points out caused much disgust due to bugs at launch and a less than attractive interface. The newest version now uses the Plasma 5 environment, the first release to do so, replacing version 4 which has been in use almost decade now. This distro still uses Dolphin as its file manager but now uses Simple Desktop Display Manager (SDDM) instead of KDM. It also incorporates systemd, with these two changes users of Arch Linux will feel right at home. Check out the review for a list of the programs it ships with as well as the ones that Linux.com added after the fact to make Kubuntu work best for their machines.
"The latest version of Kubuntu, 15.04, aka Vivid Vervet was released last week and it's available for free download. With this release it has become the first major distro to ship Plasma 5 as the default desktop environment."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- MIPS quietly bares its processor architecture to universities @ The Register
- DOTS Uses Paint to Control Rapsberry Pi 2 @ Hack a Day
- Asus 4K ZenBook Pro UX501 comes with Intel 5th-gen Core i7 @ The Inquirer
Subject: Storage | April 28, 2015 - 12:44 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: TurboWrite, tlc, ssd, slc, Samsung, 840 evo
For those of you following the Samsung 840 EVO saga, last week we saw the release of Magician 4.6. Samsung was initially throttling downloads and firmware update rates, but those limits appear to have been lifted as of this morning. Another thing we noticed this morning was the inclusion of the standalone ISO updater for those who are otherwise unable to run the Magician software (i.e. Mac users):
For those on laptops or other devices with no optical drive, I've confirmed the ISO can be used via USB if placed there with a tool such as Rufus.
Note to Linux users:
There was an early report of complications from a user who was running a full disk fstrim during boot, where that operation was causing errors (corrected once that operation was disabled). It should be noted that full disk TRIM operations are redundant so long as the OS is issuing TRIM on-the-fly during regular file moves / deletions. This may be an issue with queued TRIM handling of the new 840 EVO firmware. If not reproduced / corrected by Samsung, the Linux devs may be able to add this firmware revision to the queued TRIM blacklist to possibly fix the problem on their end.
Note to mSATA 840 EVO users:
It appears the update does not currently apply to these. I've asked Samsung about this.
Subject: Storage | April 28, 2015 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Phison PS3110, 19nm, toshiba, toggle NAND, kingston hyper x, ssd
When you pick up a Kingston HyperX Savage SSD you have a choice of the barebones model at $122 for the 240GB model or you can pay an extra $25 for the upgrade kit which contains 2.5mm z-height adapter, a SATA 6Gb/s cable, a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter plate, Acronis True Image HD imaging software, a micro-screwdriver set, and a USB 3.0 enclosure with USB 3.0 cable. That upgrade kit is perfect for those looking for an easy way to move their entire OS to the new SSD with a minimum of fuss. Inside the drive is the Phison PS3110 controller with a 256MB DDR3-1600 cache and Toshiba's 19nm Toggle Mode NAND. Hardware Canucks put the drive to the test and it shows huge improvements from the first generation, enough to put it in competition with offerings from OCZ, Intel and Crucial. This demonstrates a faster evolution that competitors products but it does unfortunately come at a price that is a bit high compared to those competitors offerings.
"The affordable Kingston HyperX Savage is one of the first SSDs to use the new Phison PS3110 controller and the end results are extremely impressive to say the least."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Upgrade Bundle Review @HiTech Legion
- Kingston HyperX Savage SSD @ The SSD Review
- Kingston HyperX Savage @ Benchmark Reviews
- Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review, Raw Savage Speed @ Bjorn3d
- Kingston HyperX Savage SSD @ Modders-Inc
- Intel 750 Series @ HardwareHeaven
- Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 6TB SATA III HDD Review @ NikKTech
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