Athlon II X2 221 and 198 Sempron X2 (FM1) appeared in the systems HP

It is well known that part of hybrid processors AMD for platform Socket FM1 have a non-working graphics power, so for their release the market brands Athlon and Sempron are used. Last fall, it was reported about the upcoming appearance in the sale of dual-core chip Athlon II X2 221 and 198 Sempron X2, but information about its actual release appeared only now. This hitch is not surprising, given the fact that these processors are still used only on computers in the collection of HP brand for the Chinese market.



Sempron X2 198 (2.5GHz) was seen in the budget desktop HP Pavilion p6-1152cx, p6-1159cx, p6-1230cx and p6-1231cx. This CPU includes two core architectures AMD K10.5, 2x512 KB cache of second level and dual-channel DDR3-1600. The TDP level is 65W.


Athlon II X2 221 clock frequency is 2.8 GHz. Other characteristics of processor are the same as in the lower Sempron X2 198. Both models support 64-bit code, virtualization, AMD-V and instructions even SSE4a. Athlon II X2 …

ARM Readies Cortex-A72 and Mali-T880 for Mobile Devices

ARM has just announced a series of solutions for the upcoming next-generation mobile SoC. The most notable developments are Cortex-A72 processor and Mali-T880 graphics. According to the manufacturer, both components will be interconnected within SoC by means of CoreLink – CCI-500. The launch of new items is scheduled for 2016. Rockchip, MediaTek and HiSilicon are among the companies to integrate both elaborations into their products.



It should be noted that Cortex- A72 is a successor of Cortex-A57, taking analogous 64-bit operations but demonstrating three times higher performance. The new-comer will be designed under 16 nm FinFET+ technological process. Its layout corresponds to big.LITTLE framework requirements; this promotes for its combination with other ARM cores.


As far as Mali-T880 GPU is concerned, it provides for 1.8 response time increase if compared with the Mali-T760 model. Herewith, its power consumption is reduced by 40%. Moreover, this GPU might support 4K …

SilverStone Updates Its Inventory with Tundra TD02 and TD03 Liquid Coolers

SilverStone Technology, a generally known developer of the whole galaxy of hardware components, decided to resume with its Tundra liquid cooling solutions, by introducing two new products. Codenamed Tundra TD02 and Tundra TD03, these coolers were first showcased at CeBIT 2013 exhibition in March. Potential customers will be attracted by the absence of necessity for maintenance and refill, as well as by enhanced durability.



Both coolers have got in their framework disposition a waterblock with a copper base and an integrated pump, which are embraced by a nickel-plated aluminum case. As distinct from plastic waterblocks supplied by competitors, the product from SilverStone offers a striking reliability, combined with easy installation, due to the availability of a dedicated mounting bracket.


The framework also consists of two connecting hoses, an aluminum heatsink, and a pair of 120 mm white fans. The models are differentiated only by heatsink dimensions: Tundra TD02 …
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