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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Meet Tiny B150M Night Elf Mainboard from MSI

MSI has added a new micro-ATX motherboard to its Performance Gaming series of products. Entitled B150M Night Elf, the new-comer is differentiated by an outstanding black-and-red PCB design with a stylish LED lighting. The model is based on Intel B150 chipset and supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs on Skylake architecture.

MSI B150M Night Elf receives power via 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The VRM system is organized according to 4+2-phase scheme with passive cooling. The PCB offers four slots for the mounting of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules (up to 64 GB capacity), two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, one PCIe 3.0 x16, and one PCIe 3.0 x16@4.

Storage subsystem is introduced by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas for the connection of various external devices there are six USB 3.1 ports (10 Gb/s). Network facilities are ensured by means of Intel I219-V controller. At the same time, audio subsystem Audio Boost 3 employs Realtek ALC1150 controller.

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Evga Debuts with a First-Rate ACX CPU Cooler

Evga, a company primarily known for high-end graphics solutions, decided to expand its production line by entering cooling market. Herein, it elaborated a first-rate CPU cooler, entitled ACX (codename: 100-FS-C201-KR). The new-comer features 164x134.5x91.5 mm dimensions and weighs 1065 g. Luckily, it can be already found in free sale for a price of $50.

The ACX is a tower-like air cooler that is able to efficiently remove heat from all processors that are compatible with the following sockets: Intel LGA 2011/1156/1155/1366/1150/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3/AM3+/AM2/AM2+.

Evga ACX consists of an aluminum heatsink, five copper heatpipes that support Direct Touch technology, and one PWM fan of 120 mm dimensional type. The heatsink is composed of multiple thin plates, which differentiate themselves by an unusual framework. Such framework enables the emergence of two airflows around the heatpipes. According to Evga, this promotes for a better heat removal process.

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