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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Deepcool Launches the Follower of Big Frost Cooler

Deepcool, a Chinese supplier of various cooling systems, is going to release a follower of Big Frost model that saw the light last July. The new product has been given an attribute 'Extreme Edition' and is currently codenamed Big Frost Extreme Edition. This cooler takes the basis of the predecessor, though still features some unique options.



Therefore, Big Frost Extreme Edition is distinguished by a nickel coverage of copper heat pipes and polished base surface that is in direct touch with CPU lid. Deepcool equips its cooler with two 120 mm fans (UF120) which are monitored by PWM controller. Their maximal rotational speed is estimated at 1500 r/m. Both fans ensure the utmost CPU cooling and proper airflow distribution.


According to the preliminary data claimed by the manufacturer, Big Frost Extreme Edition will be compatible with such desktop platforms as AMD FM1, FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+ and Intel LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA115x.


One of the notable aspects ascribed to the …

Gigabyte Unveils Middle-End Radeon R7 265 OC Edition Graphics Card

Gigabyte has recently announced the release of its first graphics card based on Radeon R7 265 adapter. The Gigabyte Radeon R7 265 OC Edition comes with operational overclocking and a powerful WindForce 2X cooling system. Still, it is attributed to the middle-end products with an average performance. The model will be available for customers in late March for the recommended price of $170.



This graphics card is developed on AMD Pitcairn Pro GPU (GCN, 28 nm) that embraces 1024 stream processors, 32 ROPs, and 64 TMUs. The core runs at the nominal 1008 MHz frequency but can be overclocked to 1036 MHz margin. Video memory section is represented by 2 GB of GDDR5 memory modules (256-bit interface); they operate at 1400 MHz/5600 MHz frequency (nominal/efficient) respectively.


The Gigabyte Radeon R7 265 OC Edition requires stable and uninterrupted power, provided by the PSU of not less than 500 W efficiency. The connection with the unit is realized via one 6-contact power socket. …
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