AMD Officially Introduces Radeon HD 7790 Graphics Card

An official introduction of a new graphics card from AMD, entitled Radeon HD 7790, has been settled into a dedicated press briefing. Within the framework of this briefing, the company not only gave a detailed description of a long-awaited product but also divulged a comparative performance analysis with its main rival’s adapter – Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti. Therefore, AMD Radeon HD 7790 graphics card belongs to mainstream items and is targeting a wide range of customers. It is based on AMD Bonaire GPU with AMD GCN architecture developed under 28 nm technological process. The GPU consists of 896 current processors, 14 computing blocks, 56 texture blocks, and 16 ROP blocks.



Video memory subsystem comprises 1 GB of GDDR5 memory type, employing 128-bit bus. Its nominal clock frequency equals to 1500 MHz, while effective frequency makes up 6000 MHz. The overall efficiency level of this adapter is estimated at 1.79 TFLOPS; this index is twice larger than the one recorded with AMD …

Qualcomm to Enter Into Contract with GlobalFoundries

Qualcomm, a world-known provider of chips for mobile gadgets, has entered into a contract with GlobalFoundries company with the intention to develop chips based on 28 nm technology. Such information has been voiced by an authoritative Chinese publication Commercial Times, referring to the reliable sources. It is presupposed that the manufacturer will start the first dispatches for Qualcomm in the end of this year. The previously voiced data claimed that Qualcomm had arranged orders of 28 nm chips from UMC with the similar dispatch dates.



The estimated reason for the cooperation with GlobalFoundries is the insufficient delivery of 28 nm chips by TSMC. Moreover, Nvidia is supposedly targeting at the cooperation with one more manufacturer except for the TSMC as well. It should be mentioned that the preliminary memorandum between Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries was concluded in 2010; according to this memorandum, the designer got the access towards 45 nm LP and 28 nm LP technological …

ASRock to Release BeeBox Mini-PC with Type-C Interface

ASRock has replenished its series of Intel NUC mini-PCs with a new model – the BeeBox. Its key peculiarity is the support for USB Type-C interface. The model features 118.5x110x46 mm dimensions, satisfying basic corporate and home entertainment needs. In addition, it boasts low power consumption level combined with a strong performance.



ASRock BeeBox will be available in three versions: as a barebone PC, a full-blown system without OS and a full-blown system with OS. Each version will be housed either in a classic black, a stylish gold or a pure white chassis.


The heart of the model is Intel Braswell platform (64-bit, 14 nm) equipped with a two-core Celeron N3000 CPU, running at 1.04/2.08 GHz frequency (basic/dynamic). There will be versions with a four-core Celeron N3150 CPU. Both processors feature 4/6 TDP only. Besides, all computers come with an integrated Intel HD graphics.


The platform is also furnished with 2.4 GB of DDR3L-1600 MHz RAM (maximum up to 16 GB …
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