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 …

The First Glimpse on Motherboard Foxconn B75M

Foxconn has officially announced the release of a new motherboard B75M developed in microATX form-factor. The new product will be distinguished by an attractive price and available up-to-date kit of interfaces useful for home-based and corporate PCs. B75M will be compatible with Intel Ivy Bridge processors of the third generation (Core i3, i5, and i7). This motherboard employs only high-end components which prevent the system from malfunctions or interruptions: the integration of Japanese solid-state capacitors with the minimal error-free running time which achieves sixty thousand hours. Such approach is more vital for the systems that get used to work in 24/7 mode.



The integrated PCI-E 3.0 bus allows the installation of the most updated graphics adapter. SATA III port empowers the usage of speedy SSDs and HDD potential, while three USB 3.0 ports are destined to ensure the linkage with the external devices at maximal speed index. Motherboard Foxconn B75M is also furnished with …

Sapphire Outs a Mid-End R7 260X OC Gaming Graphics Card

Sapphire is glad to offer an affordable but quite efficient graphics card targeting inveterate gamers. The R7 260X OC is developed on AMD Radeon R7 260X GPU with Graphics Core Next architecture (28 nm). It features 896 stream processors and runs at the heightened frequency of 1150 MHz. Along with 2GB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit interface and 6600 MHz frequency) the core is able to guarantee a perfect balance between gaming efficiency and price.



Sapphire R7 260X OC employs PCI Express 3.0 x16 internal interface, while the connection of monitors is realized by means of four external video ports: DisplayPort, HDMI and 2x DVI (DVI-I and DVI-D). Cooling is ensured by a brand two-slot cooler; it consists of an aluminum heatsink, a pair of copper heatpipes, and one fan of axial type.


Like other graphics solutions based on R7 260X adapter, the new-comer from Sapphire supports a multiplicity of various technologies. Some of them are described below:

— AMD CrossFireX: allows for …
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