Intel Thunderbolt Ready Facilitates in Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Last week Intel announced a new instrumentality for upgrading desktop PC, called Thunderbolt Ready. This tool will help in incorporating Thunderbolt interface into the motherboards which initially do not have the support for it. However, only the motherboards with ‘Thunderbolt Ready’ marking and an inbuilt General-purpose I/O (GPIO) socket might fall under the upgrade. In addition to this feature, the user will have to acquire a dedicated card to enable the interface.



This card is installed into an appropriate PCI Express slot and is then connected to GPIO, as well as DisplayPort socket of the integrated/discrete GPU controller, due to the cables that go in batch. After this, the customer needs to upload dedicated software in order to activate the Thunderbolt. According to Intel, there are currently more than 100 alike products with Thunderbolt support; the majority of them are certified for the usage with PCs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms.


To continue, Asus is one …

Official Release of Gigabyte Sumo Platinum Power Supply Units

Gigabyte, in cooperation with CWT contractors, is going to debut with a new line of products: Sumo Platinum PSUs. The line will consists of three models of 450 W, 650 W and 1000 W power. All of them will boast a bright design (the combination of black and red hues), the employment of APUs from AMD, and high efficiency level, verified by 80Plus Platinum certificate. In addition, their layout will embrace high-quality Japanese capacitors, Active PFC and a reliable security system.



Sumo Platinum units correspond to ATX12V v2.31 and EPS12V v2.92 requirements. They are equipped with six sockets for the connection of PCI Express Power (6+2)-pin connectors and with dedicated nodes that prevent PSU damage due to short circuit, overvoltage or current intensity. Models of 450 W and 650 W power are furnished with efficient fans of 120 mm dimensional type, based on hydraulic dynamic bearing.


One of the most attractive peculiarities ascribed to new units from Gigabyte is low power …

AMD Announces the Development of Steamroller

Heightened demand for high-end processor solutions and ever rising competition make AMD constantly develop its products. This usually results in the release of really outstanding items, such as already acknowledged Bulldozer and Piledriver. Therefore, according to the words of the companies technical manager, Mark Papermaster, the development of a new processor architecture, codenamed Steamroller, is already on order of AMD's business. The ready-made products are sure to be released next year. Steamroller is called to become the third edition of Bulldozer architecture that launched last year and a loyal companion of Piledriver core.



The initial data witness that processors on Steamroller architecture will be designed in correspondence with 28 nm technological process. This should favorably affect their efficiency and enlarge the performance by 15-20% at equivalent power consumption and clock frequency. At the same time, Steamroller will improve all specifications implemented in …
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