AMD Unveils Some Strategic Plans for 2013



Not so long ago AMD held a private presentation for investors and partners dedicated to the strategic plans for 2013. Its PDF-version has recently appeared online and immediately called attention of all interested parties. The most unexpected news concerned the long-awaited Steamroller micro-architecture. According to AMD, the debut of an advanced architecture will be accomplished in the current year, not in 2014 as it was informed earlier. Steamroller will be incorporated into an updated series of AMD Opteron server processors which are to ensure an improved efficiency level on parallel data processing operations.


The other promising piece of news touches upon the launch of a new APU series already this year: AMD Kabini and AMD Temash. Kabini is going to replace Brazos platform employed in small-sized multimedia systems and other hand portable solutions. In its turn, Temash is going to be implemented into highly-efficient tablet PCs, running under Windows 8 OS platform.
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Asus Boasts a New ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor

Asus has begun a new season with the introduction of one more ROG series representative – the ROG Swift PG278Q PC monitor. This 27-inch model outstrips the competitors by a number of exclusive facilities, including an increased refresh rate (starting from 120 Hz), a minimal response time (1 ms only), a true WQHD resolution, and support for Nvidia G-Sync technology. In keeping with the company’s strategy, the monitor is oriented primarily on gamers; however, all fans of high-end imaging will find it a godsend.



To begin with, it must be stressed that Asus ROG Swift PG278Q is the first ever display with WQHD resolution (2560x1440) that supports advanced G-Sync options. These options are thought to synchronize the screen refresh rate with the GPU frames output rate. Thanks to this, there is no tearing or output latency; instead, the gamers enjoy more productivity and a really swift response. The model accommodates DisplayPort v.1.2 in order to communicate with compatible …

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H: plus two ports Thunderbolt, plus 40 euros

Gigabyte has released the first motherboard form factor microATX, equipped with two ports Thunderbolt — GA-Z77MX-D3H TH. Taking into account the availability of the precursor (Z77MX-D3H), it’s interesting to compare the design and price of these models. First, about the cost of the product. The novelty is estimated at € 150, and its «little sister» — at € 108,50. If to subtract 10 euros from each of two amounts, there will be the minimum for which the cards will be available soon.



Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH


What causes the difference in more than 40 euros? In general, the presence of two ports Intel Thunderbolt 10 Gb / s, which are implemented by the controller Intel DSL3510L. A high-speed connection can simultaneously serve several drives and a monitor. Minor changes were made to the design of the CPU power supply subsystem, which, nevertheless, remained a 6-channel. One of the long PCI Express slots was replaced by the second PCI-E 2.0 x1.


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