Subject: Motherboards | June 28, 2011 - 10:22 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: msi, llano, a75
Today MSI announced a new motherboard for AMD enthusiasts which brings support for AMD’s Llano APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) and the latest SATA III 6 Gbps and USB 3.0 IO standards. The new board in question has been dubbed in typical leftover scrabble pieces fashion as the A75MA-G55.
Utilizing the A75 chipset, the new A75MA-G55 is a Micro-ATX form factor that does not skimp on features with 4 DIMM slots for up to 32GB of DDR3 memory and 2 PCI-Express 2.0 slots for discrete graphics cards. Further, a PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot and a legacy PCI slot are also included on the PCB. Rear IO includes a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, HDMI, VGA, and DVI support along with 7.1 channel audio outputs.
The AMD APU that will be paired with this motherboard will features DirectX 11 graphics and a ‘Steady Video’ feature which utilizes the APU’s GPU to apply image stabilization to video to remove shaky images.
As other enthusiast class motherboards from MSI, the A75MA-G55 features Certified Military Class II components which amounts to solid state capacitors, and super ferrite chokes that seek to extend the longevity of the motherboard versus the old school non-solid capacitors that tended to “burst” after years of heavy use. As a mATX Llano board with lots of features, it is a motherboard that is sure to be right at home HTPC (home theater pc) and SFF (small form factor) enthusiasts.
In response to the Asus F1A75 series, it looks like MSI has a competitive offering on its hands. As always, stay tuned to PC Perspective for more Llano motherboard coverage. Which Llano motherboard are you most excited about?
Asus today launched a new AMD focused F1A75 motherboard series, which the company claims is designed to optimize the performance of AMD’s Llano APUs. Equipped with such Asus features as Dual Intelligent Processors 2 (DIP2), DIGI+ Voltage Regulator Modules, auto-overclocking features, and a UEFI BIOS the new motherboards are packed with features and ready to be paired with a socket FM1 AMD processor thanks to the A75 chipset.
The most noticeable end-user feature in the new motherboard series will be the UEFI BIOS which does away with the old-school DOS look in favor of a sleek graphical interface that can be navigated via a touchscreen or a mouse (in addition to the obligatory keyboard input). Further, beyond the EZ mode and auto-tuning functions, it will allow overclockers to enter an Advanced mode to tweak their settings to get the highest overclock possible, and then save screen captures to a thumb drive by pressing the F12 key.
More specifically, the F1A75-V EVO model features the FM1 processor socket as well as two PCI-Express x8 slots for CrossFireX support in addition to native support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps standards.
The new boards should be available shortly at your favorite retailer(s). Be sure to stay tuned to PC Perspective for Llano desktop APU benchmarks.
PC Perspective Podcast #159 - AMD Llano Notebook Platform, AMD Fusion platform architecture, X79 Rumors, the deal about BAPCo and more!
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2011 - 02:39 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: x79, podcast, nvidia, llano, Intel, fusion, APU, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #159 - 6/23/2011
This week we talk about the AMD Llano Notebook Platform, AMD Fusion platform architecture, X79 Rumors, the deal about BAPCo and more!
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- 0:34:00 AFDS11: AMD Demonstrates Trinity Powered Notebook
- 0:35:45 AFDS11: ARM Talks Dark Silicon and Computing Bias at Fusion Summit
- 0:41:30 AFDS11: Microsoft Announces C++ AMP, Competitor to OpenCL
- 0:45:45 New Rumor Indicates X79 Chipset Will Support Both 1366 and 2011 Sockets
- 0:49:49 Microsoft is probably laughing as AMD speculates the unlikelihood of Intel buying NVIDIA
- 0:54:45 Larrabee rides again, almost ... meet Knights Corner the new Many Integrated Core design
- 0:58:35 What's the big deal with BAPCo? Why Benchmarking Matters
- 1:05:20 Crysis 2: Cry Harder (with DX11 and High Res textures)
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- 1:25:45 Closing
Subject: Processors | June 23, 2011 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: llano, amd, AFDS
Since Llano is the best news we have seen from AMD in quite a while here is more coverage of the APU and the AMD Fusion Developer Summit, this time from The Tech Report. They take an A8-3500M APU and Radeon HD 6620G powered laptop and pit it against an HP ProBook 6460b with a Core i5-2410M and HD3000. The TDP of both processors is 35W and they are likely going to be priced similarly once Llano powered laptops hit the market. As with Ryan's review, for CPU bound tests the AMD processor lags far behind but once the GPU power comes into play the positions are completely reversed. It will be interesting to see how AMD positions Llano in the marketplace.
"Can AMD's 'Llano' APU really take on Intel's excellent Sandy Bridge processors and hold its own? We've taken a deep look at its architecture and performance in order to find out."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- AMD Llano A8-3500M APU Review @ t-break
- More Linux Benchmarks Of The AMD A8-3500M Fusion APU @ Phoronix
- AMD's Fusion Developer Summit was a success @ The Inquirer
- CPU Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.6 @ TechARP
Subject: Mobile | June 17, 2011 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech offers an overview of Llano, the new APU from AMD aimed at the mobile market in general and SandyBridge in particular. They start with a high level overview of the changes to the Star core, though don't mention that Llano is not a star; then proceed onto what it is capable of in a notebook. Click on through to see what will be powering the best $500-600 gaming notebooks for the next quarter or so.
"The past few years have been very difficult for AMD but we're at the beginning of what may be a brand new company. Without the burden of expensive fabs and with the combined knowledge of two great chip companies, the new AMD has a chance but it also has a very long road ahead. Brazos was the first hint of success along that road and today we have the second. Her name is Llano.”
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Asus K53E-B1 Review @ TechReviewSource
- HP ProBook 4530s Review @ TechReviewSource
- HP ProBook 6360b Notebook @ Techspot
- CineXPlayer for iPad Review @ Tech-Reviews
- A whole new world: Ars reviews the Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Innergie mCube Lite Universal Laptop Charger @ XSReviews
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2011 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: TSMC, southern islands, northern islands, llano, global foundries, arm, amd, 40nm, 32nm, 28nm
Back in April there was a kerfuffle in the news about a deal penned between AMD, Global Foundries and TSMC. It is not worth repeating completely as you can follow the story by using the previous link, suffice to say that it did not indicate problems with the relationship between AMD and Global Foundries.
The previous post was specifically about 40nm and 32nm process chips, however today we hear from DigiTimes that TSMC has scored a deal with AMD for the 28nm Southern Islands APUs of which we have seen much recently. The 40nm Northern Islands GPUs will also be produced by TSMC. That leaves a lot of production capabilities free at Global Foundries to work on ARM processors.
"AMD reportedly has completed the tape-out of its next-generation GPU, codenamed Southern Islands, on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 28nm process with High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) technology, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The chip is set to expected to enter mass produciton at the end of 2011.
TSMC will also be AMD's major foundry partner for the 28nm Krishna and Wichita accelerated processing units (APUs), with volume production set to begin in the first half of 2012, the report said.
TSMC reportedly contract manufactures the Ontario, Zacate and Desna APUs for AMD as well as the Northern Island family of GPUs. All of these use the foundry's 40nm process technology.
TSMC was quoted as saying in previous reports that it had begun equipment move-in for the phase one facility of a new 12-inch fab (Fab 15) with volume production of 28nm technology products slated for the fourth quarter of 2011. The foundry previously said it would begin moving equipment into the facility in June, with volume production expected to kick off in the first quarter of 2012."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- ARM acquires Obsidian Software @ The Inquirer
- Mozilla pushes out final Firefox 5 test build @ The Register
- Sega Hacked @ XSReviews
- Tablets of 2011: What to Look For - June Update @ TechSpot
- A few thoughts on Ultrabooks @ The Tech Report
- Dsabling Windows Pagefile & Hibernation to Reclaim SSD Space @ Techgage
- Overclockers Benchmarking Party II: Where the Bell Tolls!
- Post Computex 2011 - Part 2 @ Bjorn3D
Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards, Processors, Mobile, Shows and Expos | June 16, 2011 - 02:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: llano, liveblog, fusion, APU, amd, AFDS
The AMD Fusion Developer Summit 2011 is set to begin at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT and promises to bring some interesting and forward looking news about the future of AMD's APU technology. We are going to cover the keynotes LIVE right here throughout the week so if you want to know what is happening AS IT HAPPENS, stick around!!
Subject: Processors | June 15, 2011 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: llano, sabine, APU, fusion
AMD is in the spotlight this week and Intel has yet to find a way to distract the techies, something the two companies tend to do whenever one takes the limelight. Llano is here and is quite an impressive low power APU. AMD is taking advantage of the space savings of placing the GPU on the same die as the CPU and is basking in the success of the graphics portion proving much better than SandyBridge when it comes to gaming. [H]ard|OCP handed a Gold Award to the $700 notebook they were given to test, find out why by clicking this link.
You can see our coverage using the llano tag.
Yes, those settings are playable.
"While we have seen previous Fusion APUs, today AMD releases its code named "Llano" Fusion A Series APU processor on the world. The first one of these we get to see is in a notebook and a mere 228 square millimeter of silicon that AMD is counting on changing its balance sheet."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- The Llano Desktop Preview: AMD A8-3850 CPU & GPU Performance @ AnandTech
- AMD A8-3500M Llano Linux Benchmarks @ Phoronix
- AMD's second Fusion CPU gives glimpse at future of CPU/GPU @ Ars Technica
- The AMD Llano Notebook Review: Competing in the Mobile Market @ AnandTech
- AMD vs Intel: Phenom II X4 980 and X6 1100T Take on Core i5 @ hardCOREware
Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors, Shows and Expos | June 14, 2011 - 08:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: vliw, trinity, llano, fusion, evergreen, cayman, amd, AFDS
Well that was an interesting twist... During a talk on the next generation of GPU technology at the AMD Fusion Developer Summit, one of the engineers was asked about Trinity, the next APU to be released in 2012 (and shown running today for the very first time). It was offered that Trinity in fact used a VLIW4 architecture rather than the VLIW5 design found in the just released Llano A-series APU.
A shader unit from the VLIW4-based Cayman architecture
That means that Trinity APUs will ship with Cayman-based GPU technology (6900 series) rather than the Evergreen (5000 series). While that doesn't tell us much in terms of performance simply because we have so many variables including shader counts and clocks, it does put to rest the rumor that Trinity was going to keep basically the same class of GPU technology that Llano had.
Trinity notebook shown for the first time today at AFDS. Inside is an APU with Cayman-class graphics.
AMD is definitely pushing the capabilities of APUs forward and if they can stay on schedule with Trinity, Intel might find the GPU portion of its Ivy Bridge architecture well behind again.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2011 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: llano, APU, sabine, linux
When SandyBridge first hit the market Phoronix was less than impressed at its performance on any system running Linux. Thankfully that has since improved but the initial impression that the lack of support created remains. AMD's new Llano, like the previous Zacate APU is a different story, with support available already thanks to Catalyst Linux driver support as opposed to Mesa or the base kernel. This particular review focuses on comparing the E-350 APU to the AMD A8-3500M APU with its Radeon HD 6620G, they will be comparing the CPU portion separately. There is a noticeable improvement in performance across the board when compared to the E-350 which was expected, the happy surprise was how few issues they ran into.
They also tested out a brand new Gallium3D driver that just arrived, comparing it to the various alternatives available to interface with AMD's GPUs. The performance of the Catalyst driver for Linux is far beyond the alternatives, good news for those using Linux.
"AMD's next-generation "Llano" Fusion APUs are launching today. Llano is a very nice upgrade over the current-generation 40nm Brazos hardware as talked about in another Phoronix article to be published in the next couple of hours, but in this article is a look at the graphics in Llano. Here's the first Linux look at the Llano graphics support and performance for the Radeon HD 6620G as found with the AMD A8-3500M Fusion APU."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Sapphire Radeon HD6950 Flex 2GB @ Metku.net
- PowerColor Radeon HD 6790: Affordable Gaming @ InsideHW
- Truly Unique: MSI Radeon R6970 Lightning and VTX3D Radeon HD 6970 X-Edition @ X-bit Labs
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 OC Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- HIS Radeon HD6950 IceQ-X Turbo-X @ Benchmark Reviews
- i3DSpeed, May 2011 @ iXBT Labs
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ Tech ARP
- Zotac GTX590 SLI 5760x1080 Nvidia Surround @ OC3D
- ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 1.5 GB @ techPowerUp
- ASUS Geforce GTS 450 DirectCU OC 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers