Sapphire Outs Nitro Series of Gaming Videocards

Sapphire is about to launch a new series of gaming graphics cards, entitled Nitro. The family counts three models: Nitro R7 370 4G D5, Nitro R9 380 4G D5 and Nitro R9 390 8G D5. Since the models take different GPUs as the basis, they are targeted diverse market segments, taking into account as budget-oriented gamers so spendthrift enthusiasts.



Sapphire Nitro videocards are distinguished by two major features. First of all, they employ a top-notch hardware base consisting of solid-state capacitors and Black Diamond ferrite chokes. Second of all, their cooling system boasts the implementation of a molten heatsink, supplemented by a new coating framework and a kit of fans, based on dual ball-bearings. The fans are equipped with IFC-II intelligent system that halts their rotation on low GPU temperature, ensuring noiseless operation.


Sapphire Nitro R7 370 4G D5 is the most cost-efficient solution within the series. It relies on AMD Radeon R7 370 GPU, running at 985 MHz …

A 55” AIO by Cisco Performs at Least Three Functions for the Perfect Conferencing Experience

The Cisco Company has demonstrated a new huge all-in-one PC, called Spark Board.



This device has got a 55-inch 4K UHD touch screen, though, an optional 70” version is forthcoming. Key Spark Board specifications also include a camera, supporting 4K video, speakers, several microphones, wireless interface adapters, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and two USB 3.0 ports. The Cisco AIO is driven by the NVIDIA's Jetson TX1 supercomputer with 1 TFLOPS Tegra SoC.

The platform under consideration was chosen to implement benefits of Cisco Spark Board OS functions.


Mostly the novelty is intended for meetings and simultaneously operates as a screen for presentations, an interactive board for collaboration and a conferencing device.


Spark Board weighs 39.8 kg and is 814 х 1283 х 49 mm in size. It is available at the cost of $5000 plus one should pay extra $200 per month for the software.

Promising Speed Forecasts for AMD Radeon 8000 Sea Islands

AMD is continuing its work on the new GPU generation codenamed ‘Sea Islands’. The new series is prognosticated to be released in the coming winter. All the products with this GPU will be branded Radeon 8000. AMD manufacturers claim that their new graphic processing units will be 40% more efficient due to the implemented advanced technologies. There is not so much news about the future GPU architecture, although cardinal changes are barely possible.



Sea Islands chips will be equipped with 5.1 billion transistors as compared with the current 4.3 billion items applied in the products. This augmentation will facilitate the increment of efficiency. The chips will be developed according to the already tried-and-proven 28 nm technological requirements. The increase of transistors is not as large due to the adherence to the ascribed norms. It should be underlined that the implementation of the old technologies does not imply the considerable warming up of the chips; the developments …
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