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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CPU Cooling System Scythe Katana 4 Review

Cooling systems supplied by Japanese manufacturer Scythe are distinguished by the tilted radiators. The latest CPU Katana 4 cooler is not an exception: it is notable for the unusual shape of the radiator. This product is going to compete for mass audience in middle-end market segment, since its price is estimated not for inveterate gamers or overclockers but for users with common cooling needs. Scythe Katana 4 will be a perfect match for average PC systems intended at efficient central processor airflow.



Basic Specifications


The first, and most striking, distinguishing feature of Scythe Katana 4 is its compatibility with a large number of Intel/AMD processor sockets. Even the systems with outdated sockets can hope placing this cooler model. The list of supported sockets include: Intel LGA 775, 2011, 1366, 1155, 1156, and AMD FM1, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+, 940, 939 and 754. Other specifications of the model are listed below:

— dimensions: 100x102.5x143 mm, weight – 480 g;
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Announcement of video card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 Super Overclock

The efforts of Gigabyte engineers culminated in the release of the Radeon HD 7970 Super Overclock, also known as GV-R797SO-3GD. This is a monstrous construction with height of 64 mm (3.5 expansion slots) and a cooling system WindForce 5X. As well as preparing to be released GeForce GTX 680 SOC, the new adapter uses a five high-speed (> 4000 rev / min) fan size of 40 mm, copper evaporation chamber, and five copper heat pipes.



WindForce 5X – is one of the most expensive VGA-coolers, except for models with water blocks and liquid cooling system. It will allow to overclock Gigabyte GV-R797SO-3GD up to frequencies of 1155/7620 MHz. However, neither the temperature nor the noise performance of video card can be considered satisfactory: 85 degrees under load and 91 ° C for overclocking with increased voltage, and 8000 rpm in a heavy-duty (1185 MHz, 1.375 V) explains the situation.


Printed circuit board Radeon HD 7970 SOC is reinforced with five polymer capacitors NEC / …
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