AMD Announces the Development of Steamroller

Heightened demand for high-end processor solutions and ever rising competition make AMD constantly develop its products. This usually results in the release of really outstanding items, such as already acknowledged Bulldozer and Piledriver. Therefore, according to the words of the companies technical manager, Mark Papermaster, the development of a new processor architecture, codenamed Steamroller, is already on order of AMD's business. The ready-made products are sure to be released next year. Steamroller is called to become the third edition of Bulldozer architecture that launched last year and a loyal companion of Piledriver core.



The initial data witness that processors on Steamroller architecture will be designed in correspondence with 28 nm technological process. This should favorably affect their efficiency and enlarge the performance by 15-20% at equivalent power consumption and clock frequency. At the same time, Steamroller will improve all specifications implemented in …

Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.


The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.

Asus Intros GTX 950 Mini Videocard for Gaming Purposes

Asus has replenished its portfolio of graphics cards with a mini-item, GeForce GTX 950 Mini, targeting Mini-ITX systems. It features 172x112 mm dimensions to fit any PC chassis. Despite small size, the model is ready to cope with all modern Full HD gaming applications. As distinct from full-blown adapters, this item doesn’t require an additional 6-pin PCIe connector, since its power consumption level is reduced to 75 W.



Asus GeForce GTX 950 Mini takes Nvidia GM206-250 GPU as the core. It entails 768 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 48 TMUs. As distinct from the etalon model, the new-comer boasts overclocked frequency index: 1051 MHz (base) & ‘OC’ mode 1228 MHz (dynamic).


The integrated GPU is mated with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit interface). It operates at 1652 MHz/6608 MHz frequency. Memory allows for 105.73 Gb/sec bandwidth. The videocard comes equipped with three different video ports: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort and DVI-I.


Besides, the card features the following …
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