HP Employs Processors AMD Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198

The release of hybrid AMD processors of A series was announced about a year ago, however, their actual appearance in the market was delayed for a few months. It is a well-known fact that a part of those processors for Socket FM1 platform has got idle graphics block; this part of processors has been codenamed Athlon and Sempron. The two processor models from this series Athlon II X2 221 and Sempron X2 198 can be currently found in PCs manufactured by HP company.



Both processors have been observed in the list of specifications of desktop PCs delivered by HP: Athlon II X2 221 is employed in HP Pavillon p6-1169cx and p6-1226cn models, while Sempron X2 198 is employed in HP Pavillion p6-1152cx, 1230cx, 1231cx, and 1159cx models. The major peculiarity of such technological solution is that HP PCs with those processors are delivered only to the Chinese market.


Two-core Athlon II X2 221 operates at 2.8 GHz frequency, and accommodates 1 MB cache memory of the second level. It is …

AMD Launches a New Driver Package Catalyst 13.8 Beta2

AMD has launched a second version of driver package Catalyst 13.8 that is called to dramatically enhance the efficiency in some games. The soft is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista OS (32-/64-bit), supporting AMD Radeon (5000/6000/7700/7800/7900 series) and AMD Mobility Radeon (5000M/6000M/7000M/8000M series) GPUs.



Users can expect the following improvements:

— the resolution of problems with the image quality in ‘Van Helsing’ on anti-aliasing activation via Catalyst Control Center;

— the minimization of frame pacing delays in ‘Sniper Elite’, ‘Watch Dogs’, ‘World of Warcraft’, and ‘Tomb Raider’;

— the elimination of game image distortion in ‘Doom 3 BFG Edition’;

— the increase in efficiency in ‘Minimum’ (in CrossFireX), ‘Castlevania Lords of Shadow’ (in CrossFireX), and ‘RIPD’;

— the 9% increase in fps efficiency in ‘Splinter Cell Blacklist’ (Ultra settings);

— the 25% increase in efficiency in ‘Saints Row …

Fujitsu Intros Esprimo Q956 Mini-PC

Fujitsu is about to release a budget-oriented mini-PC, entitled Esprimo Q956. The greenhorn features 186x191x59 mm dimensions and is housed in a sleek black casing. The manufacturer adds a dedicated stand-base to place the nettop on the table in both aspects. The model supports Windows 7/8.1/10 OS platforms.



Fujitsu Esprimo Q956 is based on Intel Broadwell & Skylake platforms. Thus, it is ready to accommodate motherboards with Intel Q170 chipset, supporting Intel Core i7-6700T, Pentium G4400T, Core i5-6500T, and Core i3-6100T processors. The CPU might be replenished with 32 GB of DDR4 memory.


The layout presupposes the integration of a single 2.5-inch SSD/HDD, a thin DVD drive as well as solid-state drives with PCIe or M.2 interface. The hardware base includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth 4.0 adapter, Gigabit Ethernet port (on the basis of Intel I219LM controller), four USB 3.0 & two USB 2.0 ports, and a pair of video outputs (HDMI & DisplayPort).


Audio facilities …
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