Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2012 - 04:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sapphire, amd, E450
The new nettop that Sapphire will be selling will be great for HTPC usage but you might not want to pick it up if you will be gaming. The E450 AMD processor inside the machine does have an onboard HD 6350 which will handle 1080p streaming beautifully but as it is the low end of the Llano scale gaming may not be impressive. Its power consumption will be 30W so neither heat nor power will be an issue. It ships with Free DOS but will accept WinXP and Win7 for those who want a familiar interface. The Inquirer expects this device to be less than its Atom powered predecessor which puts the price at or below $400USD.
"GRAPHICS CARD VENDOR Sapphire has announced its AMD Fusion based Edge-HD3 all-in-one nettop PC.
Sapphire claims its Edge-HD3 is about the size of a paperback novel and, while that depends on what type of paperbacks you read, there's no denying that the system is small. Sapphire has slipped an AMD E450 Fusion chip, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 320GB 2.5in hard drive into the case."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Mac OS X 10.8 vs. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Performance @ Phoronix
- Preview of upcoming Sapphire GFX @ Kitguru
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Sony Google TV devices running unsigned kernels @ Hack a Day
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2012 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sapphire, hd 7950, hd 7950 OC, factory overclocked, cape verde, amd
There are a lot of custom Cape Verde boards to chose from, with varying clock speeds and custom coolers which is great for those who like something unique out of the box. X-bit Labs received an overclocked HD7950 board from Sapphire which sports both a 100MHz overclock on the GPU and a custom low noise cooler. The back of the card is fairly normal, with a dual-link DVI-I port, one HDMI 1.4a connector and two DisplayPort 1.2 ports available. Overclocking potential on the card was impressive, with a final 1.15 volts allowing stable performance at 1100MHz GPU and 7360 MHz effective on the memory and a temperature of 74C at full load thanks to the cooler. Even better is the fact that the cooler operates relatively quietly even at that high overclock.
"Today we are going to review a graphics accelerator with phenomenally efficient cooling system with very low noise, high performance and superb overclocking potential, which even some Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards could wish for."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- XFX Radeon HD 7770 Super Overclocked Edition Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- AMD Radeon HD 7750 Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets
- XFX R7770 Black EditionS Super Overclocked (FX-777A-ZD) @ Bjorn3D
- AMD Radeon HD 7750 CrossFire Review @ eTeknix
- ASUS Radeon HD 7770 DirectCU 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- ASUS Radeon HD 7770 DirectCU 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- MSI Radeon HD 7770 OC 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler @ Guru3D
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 & HD 7770 CrossFire @ techPowerUp
- XFX HD 7770 Black Edition Super Overclock 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- XFX Radeon R7770 Black Edition Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 CrossFire Review @ eTeknix
- AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Arctic Accelero S1 Plus Passive Cooler @ Kitguru
MSI's Alex Chang Speaks Up
MSI was founded in 1986 and started producing motherboards and video cards for the quickly growing PC market. Throughout the life of the company they have further diversified their offerings to include barebones systems, notebooks, networking/communication devices, and industrial products. While MSI has a nice base of products, they are still primarily a motherboard and video card company. In the past 10 years MSI has become one of the top brands in North America for video cards, and they have taken a very aggressive approach to design with these products.
I had the chance to send MSI quite a few questions concerning their video card business and how they develop their products.
What is your name, title, and how long have you worked at MSI?
My name is Bob, and I’m…. actually, I’m just Alex Chang. I’m the Associate Marketing Manager. I’ve been with the company for 2 years.
Typically how long does it take from the original reference design card release to when we can first expect to see a Twin Frozr III based card hit retail? How much longer does it take to create the “Lightning” based products?
Historically, we’ve seen the introduction of a non-reference thermal solution within 2-4 weeks of product launch. As an example, GTX580 was launched in November 2010, and by December there was already a reference PCB GTX580 w/ the Twin Frozr II cooler.
In the case of Lightning cards, the development timeframe is longer due to more R&D, validation, and procurement of components. With GTX580, the timeframe was around 6 months, but moving forward MSI is pulling in the launch timeframe of our flagship products.
Subject: Processors | February 17, 2012 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: fx-8150, FX, cpu, bulldozer, amd, 990fx
AMD's $270 flagship processor, the 3.6GHz FX-8150 had a mixed reception as the hype which lead up to the release built up our expectations to a point that the processor could not live up to. Part of the disappointment has been blamed on the Windows 7 thread scheduler, which AMD described as not being optimized for their architecture, which lead to the release of hotfix files KB2645594 and KB2646060. TechPowerUp revisited their benchmarks to see if these patches effectively increase the performance of multi-threaded tasks; single threaded tasks are dependant on processor speed so they should be unaffected by the patches.
"After settling on the market, with all the quirks and bugs supposedly fixed, all the hype and disappointment blown away, we put AMD's FX-8150 under the scope. Benchmarks are done with and without the Windows 7 hotfix and in depth overclocking should resolve any doubts you have about AMD's flagship processor."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- AMD A8-3870K and Sapphire HD6450 FleX @ Kitguru
- The Opteron 6276: a closer look @ AnandTech
- AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano APU Review @ Hardware Canucks
- The Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Intel Core i7-3820 vs. Core i7-2700K and Core i7-3930K @ X-bit Labs
- Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
- Intel Core i7-3820 @ Techspot
- Intel Core i7-3930K @ OC3D
Podcast #189 - AMD Radeon HD 7750 and 7770, Mechanical Keyboards from Rosewill, Windows on ARM and more!
Subject: Editorial | February 16, 2012 - 03:49 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: WOA, rosewill, podcast, nvidia, Intel, gpu, cpu, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #189 - 02/16/2012
Join us this week as we talk about AMD Radeon HD 7750 and 7770, Mechanical Keyboards from Rosewill, Windows on ARM and more!
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- 0:41:15 OCZ Launches Z-Drive R4 CloudServ 16TB Solid State Storage System
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Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2012 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, southern islands, hd 7770, hd 7750, cape verde, amd, radeon, factory overclocked
The days of the HD 6870 are numbered as today we see the arrival of the new sub-$200 GPUs from AMD, the HD7770 and HD7750. The stock HD 7770 run at 1GHz with 640 stream processors, 40 texture units and 16 ROPs and the 1GB of memory rides on a 128-bit bus at 4.5GHz. The stock HD7750 has a slower core, running at 800MHz and a lower stream processor count of 512 as well as only 32 Texture units, with the memory subsystem unchanged from the HD7770.
Those who were disappointed by the lack of custom coolers and factory overclocks at the release of the HD 7970 will be happy to see the variety of HD7700 series cards. For instance [H]ard|OCP reviewed the XFX R7770 Black Edition Super Overclocked which has a custom cooler, a 120MHz overclock on the core and a 300Mhz on the memory, effectively 5.2GHz. [H] proved that there is more memory headroom available in this card, adding another 1.1GHz without needing to adjust the voltage. For those who are willing to risk upping the power there might be even more speed possible from this card.
"Today marks the launch of AMD's Radeon HD 7700 series of GPUs in the sub-$200 bracket. We've got a retail XFX R7770 Black Edition Super Overclocked video card just itching to show us what it can do. Will this Radeon HD 7770 based video card hold up to the likes of the Radeon HD 6870 and GeForce GTX 560 Ti? You may be surprised."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD's Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition @ The Tech Report
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Overclocked Video Card @ Pro-Clockers
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 XT 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- AMD HD7770 @ OC3D
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 & 7750 @ Legion Hardware
- XFX & Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Review @ Neoseeker
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Overclock Edition 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- AMD Radeon HD 7750 & Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition Review: Evading The Price/Performance Curve @ AnandTech
- AMD HD7770 Cape Verde with “Verdetrol 1GHz” @ SemiAccurate
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 & 7750 Launch Review @ Neoseeker
- AMD Radeon HD 7750 Pro 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler @ Funky Kit
- XFX & Sapphire HD 7770 1GB Review @ OCC
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 Video Card Reviews @ Legit Reviews
- MSI Radeon HD 7770 OC @ Guru of 3D
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 & Radeon HD 7750 @ Techspot
- XFX Radeon HD 7770 Jet Black Edition Super Overclock vs GTX 560 @ HardwareHeaven
- Sapphire HD 7770 Overclock Edition @ LanOC Reviews
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 & HD 7750 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- TX3D HD7770 1GHZ Edition Crossfire @ Kitguru
- HIS HD7750 iCooler @ Kitguru
- Sapphire HD7770 1GHZ Overclock Edition @ Kitguru
- AMD Radeon HD 7750 and 7770 @ Guru of 3D
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1 GB @ techPowerUp
Southern Islands Get Small
When AMD first started to talk to me about the upcoming Southern Islands GPUs they tried to warn me. Really they did. "Be prepared for just an onslaught of card releases for 2012," I was told. In much the same strategy the company took with the HD 6000 series of cards, the new Radeon HD 7000 cards have been trickling out, part by part, so as to make sure the name "AMD" and the brand "Radeon" are showing up as often as possible in your news feeds and on my keyboard. In late December we wrote our review of the Radeon HD 7970 3GB flagship card and then followed that up in January with a review of the Radeon HD 7950. In those briefings were told in a general way about Cape Verde, the Radeon HD 7700 series, and Pitcairn, the Radeon HD 7800 series, but without the details of performance, specifications or release dates. We have the answer for one more of these families now: Cape Verde.
Cape Verde is the smallest of the Southern Islands dies and falls into the sub-$175 graphics market depending on card vendors' pricing and overclocking settings. The real question we all wanted to know is what performance levels these new cards were going to offer and if they could be the TRUE successor to popular Radeon HD 5770. While the answer will take pages and pages of details to cement into place, I can say that while an impressive card, I wasn't as excited as I had wanted to be.
But I am getting ahead of myself... Check out our video review right here and then keep reading on for the full evaluation!!
AMD Cape Verde - the smallest of the Southern Islands
GPU companies like to brag when they are on top - you'll see that as a recurring theme in our story today. One such case is the success of the Radeon HD 5770 that mentioned above - it still today sits on the throne of the most adopted DX11 capable GPU on the Steam Hardware Survey, one of our best places for information on the general PC gamer.
While the inclusion of it, as well as the Radeon HD 5870 and HD 5850, on this list are great for AMD a couple of years ago, the lack of a 6000-series card here shows us that users need another reason to upgrade; another card that is mass market enough (ala under $200) and offers performance advantages that really push gamers to spend that extra cheddar.
Bring in the Cape Verde GPU...
Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | February 14, 2012 - 02:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: demers, cto, amd
An interesting quarter for AMD continues as I learned today that AMD's Corporate Vice President and CTO of the Graphics Business Unit, Eric Demers, has decided to leave the company. Having just had dinner with Eric and other AMD executives last week I am more than surprised about this sudden change since Demers' opinions of the roadmap for AMD were very positive.
First, here is the official statement from AMD:
"Eric Demers, AMD Corporate Vice President and CTO, Graphics Business Unit, has decided leave AMD to pursue other opportunities.
AMD Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster will assume interim responsibility for the Graphics Business Unit CTO role until a replacement is found.
AMD remains fully committed to our critical graphics IP development and discrete GPU products. We have a tremendous depth of talent in our organization, a game plan that is resonating with our customers and our team, and we are continuing to bring graphics-performance-leading products to market. We will attract the right technology leader for this role.
We thank Eric for his contributions to the business and wish him well in his future endeavors."
As is usually the case with these types of announcements, everyone is being very hush-hush about where Demers will finally land though I can confirm that it is neither Intel nor NVIDIA. For those of you in the know about the industry and its current direction, that doesn't leave a lot of other options and we are quite positive he will find a spot that fits his expertise.
Eric's background goes back quite a ways and includes stops at SGI, ArtX, Matrox, ATI and finally AMD. He has been with ATI/AMD since April of 2000 (when David Orton first arrived from ATI) and rose to become the Chief Technology Officer of the graphics division as of mid-2009. I have personally known Eric as one of the best sources of knowledge about GPUs and technology shifts and I will miss being able to question him on the design decisions being made in our industry.
For AMD, this move comes right after the drastic shift announced by AMD's new CEO Rory Read and new CTO Mark Papermaster to turn AMD into an SoC company. I attended that same analyst day and came away from the event feeling upbeat about the direction of the company and the individuals at the helm, Demers being one of them. The loss of Eric's talents will definitely be missed though with the rest of the team intact I don't think we'll see any immediate negative impacts from his departure. Longer term though, we'll just have to see.
The AMD rep I spoke with reiterated that this move had nothing to do with the newly hired executives and wasn't caused by any kind of internal disagreements. Also, Demers did not express any kind of dissatisfaction with the direction of the company from a technological standpoint either. While that is good to hear, you just don't leave a company after 12+ years without some reasons even if that reason is a better opportunity somewhere else.
Update on 2/14/2012 @ 11:53pm EST: According to this update from TheVerge.com, Demers may in fact end up at Qualcomm, the largest SoC vendor on the planet.
We're hearing rumors that Demers will actually show up for work at Qualcomm, an interesting choice indeed: the company purchased AMD's mobile graphics division and Imageon media processor back in 2009. You now know it as Qualcomm Adreno, and it's the graphics solution in all Snapdragon-powered tablets and phones.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2012 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, Mark Papermaster, fad, Financial Analyst Day, Rory Read
If you haven't had a chance to read through The Tech Report's breakdown of AMD's Financial Analyst Day and the speech that the new CEO Rory Read gave. Rory replaced long time CEO Dirk Meyer at the helm of AMD after the large shake up AMD underwent late in 2011 and this was one of his first chances to describe his vision for AMD and the market in 2012. He spend a fair amount of time on low power processors and ultramobile form factors, describing his vision of AMD outflanking Intel at that market segment. With a history of lower pricing and recent low power processor families, he sees Brazos as a much better alternative than Intel's Ultrabook and especially the anemic Atom line. He also discussed ARM, not only as a possible future competitor for what used to be be AMD and Intel's exclusive turf as well as possible future competition for AMD's planned SoC products. Read on for more.
"AMD has a new management team and a new direction. They recently shared their vision for the company's future, and we were there, listening and then chatting with new CTO Mark Papermaster. Read on for our report."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Google Wallet falls open after casual hack @ The Register
- RIM extends its free Playbook offer @ The Inquirer
- Ultrabook prices to drop 20-30% in early March to April @ DigiTimes
- AMD to release six Trinity chips by October @ The Inquirer
- Intel, Nvidia to showcase latest technologies at MWC 2012 @ DigiTimes
- HP previews ProLiant Gen8 servers @ The Register
- Two interesting demos at AMD FAD 2012 @ SemiAccurate
- GK104 pops up in the wild @ SemiAccurate
- Toddy Smartcloth Screen Cleaner @ TechwareLabs
- Trendnet TPL-307E2K Powerline Adapter kit @ Rbmods
- VMware's Virtual GPU Driver Is Running Fast @ Phoronix
- easyCover Nikon D90 Camera Case @ TechwareLabs
- 7.8GHz AMD LN2 Overclocking at GIGABYTE Extreme OC Workshop @ Tweaktown
- Win a Steelseries Kana Mouse plus a Qck Mouse Pad @ Funky Kit
- Win two 8GB Kits of G.Skill Low Profile Extreme DDR3 ARES Memory! @ Kitguru
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards | February 9, 2012 - 08:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: amd, radeon, southern islands
Working from home comes with a host of stereotypes and assumptions that the rest of world places on people like myself. I am often accused of working in my underwear, not showering through day-long stretches, not working and instead playing games all day and of course, being a drug dealer. And NOTHING perpetuates that vision from the outside world like an overnight UPS package arriving with the sound of rattling pills inside. This is what greeted me after my delivering smirked away:
In preparation for an upcoming graphics launch AMD thought up a pretty interesting marketing campaign geared around a "Verdetrol 1GHz" drug that will apparently help the reviewing community "enhance performance". Hmph.
Actually contained within are 28 jelly beans (get it, 28nm???) of a flavor I can't quite detect though I am guessing they are somehow related to this. And of course, these pills are for "external use only" - a healthy warning.
The telephone number is listed as 905-555-7770 so you can probably guess what the hubbub is all about.
And while the directions state to take one tablet daily by fan intake, we were never one to conform.