Intel can provide “successor” Core i7-3770K at the beginning of the next year

According to proven sources, Intel is considering the release the more rapid alternative to quad processor Core i7-3770K, which currently heads the line of Ivy Bridge to the mass market. This happens if the Corporation of Santa Clara will feel the hard pressure from the only competitor (AMD), which is actively working on the first chip Piledriver — FX-8350, FX-8320 and FX-8300. The release of a hypothetical «Core i7-3790K» with a frequency of 3.6 GHz can be held in the I quarter 2013.



The version of «3770-th» with blocked by increased factor (without the suffix K) will not be finished later, in the II quarter of next year, will give way to one of the members of the family Haswell.


Accordingly, the reinforcements will receive the platform LGA2011, which now covers the rear of the quad-core Core i7-3820. Strategies at Intel, most probably also will be limited to the addition of 100 MHz. About a year later models Sandy Bridge-E recede into the background in favor of …

AMD Launches a New Driver Package Catalyst 13.8 Beta2

AMD has launched a second version of driver package Catalyst 13.8 that is called to dramatically enhance the efficiency in some games. The soft is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista OS (32-/64-bit), supporting AMD Radeon (5000/6000/7700/7800/7900 series) and AMD Mobility Radeon (5000M/6000M/7000M/8000M series) GPUs.



Users can expect the following improvements:

— the resolution of problems with the image quality in ‘Van Helsing’ on anti-aliasing activation via Catalyst Control Center;

— the minimization of frame pacing delays in ‘Sniper Elite’, ‘Watch Dogs’, ‘World of Warcraft’, and ‘Tomb Raider’;

— the elimination of game image distortion in ‘Doom 3 BFG Edition’;

— the increase in efficiency in ‘Minimum’ (in CrossFireX), ‘Castlevania Lords of Shadow’ (in CrossFireX), and ‘RIPD’;

— the 9% increase in fps efficiency in ‘Splinter Cell Blacklist’ (Ultra settings);

— the 25% increase in efficiency in ‘Saints Row …

Oval CPU Cooler Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 Review

Rivalry in the CPU cooling market is rather tough nowadays. Each and every manufacturer tries to exceed its competitors by elaborating high-performance and durable coolers. Some companies pay attention primarily to efficiency, while the others try to draw potential audience by an unusual design. Xigmatek, a renowned manufacturer in this segment, has been introducing qualitative and original solutions for many years. Its Colosseum SM128164 is a vindication of the assumptions that unusual in design coolers can be efficient. Let’s have a look at it.



Design and Framework


The Xigmatek Colosseum SM128164 at the first sight looks as an ordinary cooler of a rectangular form with the height of 157 mm. It consists of a heatsink block, a fan, a mirror-like base, and five heat pipes. The central pipe is larger than the other four: its diameter equals to 8 mm, whereas the side pipes feature 6 mm diameter. Nonetheless, if turning the cooler sideways, it becomes vivid that the item is a …
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