A Pair of New A88X-Based Motherboards for Socket FM2(+) from ASRock

According to the ASRock official website, the company has just unveiled the specifications of its two new motherboards, based on AMD A88X chipset. Codenamed FM2A88M Extreme4+ and FM2A88X Extreme6+, this couple has joined A-Style Series lineup and is estimated for APUs from AMD that support Socket FM2/FM2+ and have not more than 100 W TDP level. The realization of ASRock XFast 555 concept, which embraces XFast RAM/USB/LAN options, is the feature that unites both new-comers. Nevertheless, there are a lot of distinguishing features that make each model so peculiar.

ASRock FM2A88M Extreme4+ boasts the following specifications:

— form-factor: micro-ATX;

— memory: 4 DIMM slots, support for DDR3 modules running at 1066-2600+ (O.C) MHz, two-channel operational mode, maximal capacity – 64 GB;

— power supply system: digital controller, 4+2-phase power scheme;

— expansion facilities: one PCI slot, one PCIe 2.0 x1, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe 3.0 x16;

— storage: …

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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Presentation of a Professional Graphics Card AMD FirePro W9000

Within the bounds of AMD Fusion Developer Summit, Advanced Micro Devices has presented its new graphics card AMD FirePro W9000. The new graphic solution is based on a couple of 28-nm Tahiti chips and is actually a prototype of Radeon HD 7900 adapter. FirePro W9000 is chiefly targeted at professionals used to work with 3D technologies and video editing applications.

AMD FirePro W9000 is based on a red circuit board developed to work with PCI Express 3.0x16 bus. The cooling system is represented by a solid cooler of active type, a high-end radiator, three 90 mm. noiseless fans and copper heat tubes. The organization of additional power presupposes the availability of two dedicated eight-contact slots.

The new professional graphics card is furnished with GDDR5 memory in 6 GB volume capacity and 384 bit interface. Six DisplayPort slots are called to connect the card with displays. GPU lock frequency equals to 1 GHz which allows the card to ensure the performance in the …
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