AMD Highlights Plans for the Transition to the 28nm Process

AMD is a company known for the continual and elaborate work on the development and improvement of all product lines, as well as technological standards. Thus, the coming 2013 year is supposed to be portentous for the company in terms of the implementation of 28nm standards in their APU. AMD has recently voiced the plans for the change of the Trinity APU to a new model, codenamed Richland, and the transition to 28nm technological process.



The new APU, Richland, is presumably to be released in two versions: dual-core and quad-core. It will support a number of high-performance technologies, such as Blu-ray 3D, dual graphics, Open CL, AMD turbo core overclocking, and some others.


According to the preliminary information, Richland will employ FM2 socket (which Trinity employs) and Radeon 8000 series DirextX 11 GPU. This GPU will be furnished with 128 cores in dual-core model line, and with 384 cores in the high-end A10 APU. The same number of cores has been implemented in …

ASUS ROG XG Station 2 Turns a Laptop into a Powerful Gaming System

The ASUS Company has officially presented ROG XG Station 2, a unit, which turns a laptop into a powerful gaming system with VR support.



ROG XG Station 2 is an external docking platform for the discrete graphics accelerator. The device is connected to the notebook via a high-speed Thunderbolt 3 interface (with a USB Type-C port). Additionally there is a USB 3.0 Type-B port.


A full-size graphics card can be installed.


ROG XG Station 2 is suitable for the peripherals connection. It can be accomplished due to the presence of four standard USB 3.0 ports, as well as a network cable jack.

The inbuilt power supply unit delivers the capacity of 600 W.


The dimensions of the ASUS device are the following: 456 × 158 × 278 mm.


This novelty will be on sale at the beginning of the year. We should note, though, that this station is compatible only with select laptops by ASUS. The price of ROG XG Station 2 has not been reported yet.

Chieftec Launches Flyer Series FS-01B-U3 Chassis

Chieftec, a well-known German designer of prime-class hardware pieces, advertises the launch of a new budgetary mini-tower PC chassis, entitled Flyer Series FS-01B-U3. The model features 420x175x360 mm dimensions and is ready to welcome mATX and mini-ITX motherboards. The case boasts a totally black exterior with a glossy frontal panel and metallic patches on it.



This chassis comes with a pre-installed iArena power supply unit of 350/450 W capacity. It is based on CWT platform. The inventory also includes a pair of 5.25-inch optical drive bays, four 3.5/2.5-inch HDD/SSD bays. The case accommodates four PCI expansion slots that support the installation of rather lengthy graphics cards (up to 320 mm). Internal layout allows for the employment of standard CPU coolers of up to 130 mm in height.


I/O panel is located on the frontal facet. It is represented by two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks. In terms of cooling, Flyer Series FS-01B-U3 provides for quite versatile fan …
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