Sapphire Announces The R7 240 Low Profile Addition To Its R7 Lineup

Sapphire has just announced a new low-powered addition to its R7 series graphics cards, the low-profile R7 240 graphic card dedicated to the everyday user who does not need a performance-packed and more expensive solution at a high price.

The Sapphire R7 240 Low Profile is said to be based on the Graphics Core Next AMD architecture, surprisingly featuring two HDMI 1.4a ports packing high transfer and full 4K display resolution of 4096 x 2160, having the ability to use both HDMI ports at the same time.

In terms of specs, the graphics card features 2 GB of DDR3 memory clocked at 900 MHz with an effective 1.8 GB/s transfer rate, 320 stream processors core clocks of 730 MHz with a dynamic boost upping it to 780. The Low Profile name is also seen in its dimensions, having the active cooled heatsink lower in height than the card profile, which allows it to be fitted even in small form factor cases.

Having all GNC features, such as AMD image enhancement technology, AMD HD Media Accelerator, AMD HD3D support and native support for performance enhancement with multiple cards in AMD CrossFire as well as APP acceleration, the card can be used as an excellent media solution or as a general purpose computing solution.

Sapphire has yet to announce any pricing or release date. For more information visit Sapphire’s official web page here.

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PC Specialist ‘Vanquish 230XT’ Gaming System Review

Introduction


When browsing through the countless pre-built systems that are on offer from the likes of Overclockers UK, Scan, CyberpowerPC and PC Specialist as we have here today; most of the time we find users spending on average around £1400-1600 (~$2300-2700 USD) for their new gaming rig and whilst you do get a great amount of power for your money, we do wonder how much extra pixel pushing power do you really get from a system that is around 20% cheaper to buy. Obviously there are going to be some obvious differences in the systems specification and this mainly includes the motherboard, processor and graphics card; but are you really getting 20% extra performance for your money or is it worth spending that bit less and spending that extra cash on a better monitor for example?

With the number of system integrators in the UK slowly increasing, staying one step ahead of the competition in terms of pricing and quality is a never-ending battle. Each company out there has their own little twist on what makes a great system and in the case of PC Specialist, it’s not just the system that you are paying for – customer service is important as well. Since we took our first look at one of PC Specialist’s budget gaming systems; namely the Vanquish X200, back in the first half of last year, we have come to learn that offering a top rate of customer service from the pre-sales end of the line right through to after-sales technical support is of a high priority to this devoted team of enthusiasts. Not only is this a passion driven business, but the extra care that they put into their systems does not constitute to a hefty price tag and it soon becomes clear that the price is far more justifiable with all the hidden extras that you get included – as standard.

The Vanquish 230XT that we’ve got in today comes with a delivered to your door price tag of £1137.00 inc VAT and inside it packs a strong mix of mid-to-high range components that have a better bang-for-buck appeal to them over some of the top end components that we see out there on the market today. Built onto an Asus Z87-A motherboard we have an overclocked and water-cooled quad-core 4670k running at 4.2GHz, teamed up with 16GB of 2400MHz HyperX Beast Memory from Kingston and an AMD R9 280X graphics card ready to deliver a joyful gaming experience. On top of all of that we get a 120GB HyperX 3K SSD and a 1TB hard drive for all of your games and media content to go on and all of this is packed into a budget friendly 230T mid-tower chassis from Corsair.

Bundled into the shipping box alongside the chassis, we find a smaller box inside of which PC Specialist include all of the extra accessories that one would typically find inside the box of each individual component used – after all, you are paying for all of these little extra accessories , and should you wish to upgrade one or two bits at a later stage you may find yourself in need of something that’s in this box.

Intel Launches Lightening Fast New 730 Series SSD

Intel are looking to take back the performance crown and steal some of the thunder from drives such as the Samsung 840 Evo and OCZ Vector.  It hopes to do this thanks to some hefty internal overclocks that have seen the controller bumped up by 50% and the NAND boosted by 20%, making it faster than previous Intel drives, however it remains to be seen if it’ll be fast enough to compete with the rest of the market.

Performance and reliability are certainly the focus and the drive is capable to writing 70GB of data a day, every day, for five years. This is more than three times as much as most other drives would be comfortable with. This makes it ideal for gaming, content creation such as video rendering and basically anything that is going to run the drive at or close to its full potential, because you wouldn’t need anything like this just for booting into Chrome a couple of times to check Facebook.

Available in 240GB and 480GB options means that storage space shouldn’t be an issue, but it does mean that there is no cheaper 120GB option and worse still, you’ll only get the new max performance on the 480GB model, as the 240GB maxes out at a yawn inducing 270MB/s, incredibly short of the 470MB/s of the 480GB!

Both drives are set to ship sometime in March and prices are expected to be $249 and $489 for the 240GB and 480GB respectively.

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Memory Scaling On The AMD Kaveri A10-7850K APU

Introduction – Memory Scaling on Kaveri


AMD’s Kaveri APUs are dependent on system memory. The easiest way to explain this dependency is by thinking of the GPU on the Kaveri APU as a graphics card, but with one significant difference – on its own it has no video memory. The video memory the Kaveri GPU uses is your system memory, or RAM. In the case of Kaveri APUs the CPU and GPU parts both share the system memory resources equally as part of the hUMA process, though the GPU is more performance-dependent on this memory bandwidth than the CPU is. In effect what this means is that as you increase your system memory frequency Kaveri APUs have more bandwidth available to them and thus perform better.Taking your system RAM from 1866MHz to 2400MHz has the same effect on the Kaveri GPU as would overclocking a DDR3 graphics card by the same amount.AMD has really pushed the benefits of memory scaling for Kaveri and as I’ve already alluded to above these benefits are primarily realised by applications and processes than use the GPU. So this memory scaling article will be focusing largely on the gains in GPU related performance, though we will consider CPU performance and power consumption as well.

AMD’s own internal figures show promising results. We should expect to see the most performance gains from 2133MHz memory but 2400MHz also offers additional performance, this is because with much computer hardware there is a diminishing return on increasing clock speeds and this is particularly the case with memory. Our testing will be examining the differences in performance in transitioning from 1866 to 2133 to 2400MHz memory on the Kaveri flagship part – the A10-7850K. From the perspective of Kaveri there is a requirement to consider memory more carefully than we would do on most systems where a discrete GPU and high-end CPU are both relatively unaffected by memory speed. I think it is worth considering the optimal memory speed pairings in terms of cost but also the type of user buying each APU. In my opinion I’d expect to see the cheapest A8-7600 APU paired off with 1600 or 1866MHz DDR3, the A10-7700K with 1866 or 2133 DDR3 and the A10-7850K with 2133 or 2400MHz. This is purely on the basis that if you’re buying a more affordable APU you’re unlikely to spend a lot on RAM, and if you’re buying the premium A10-7850K APU you’re unlikely to “cheap out” on low frequency DDR3 when spending a little more on faster RAM can make such a large difference.

Move Over Mantle! It’s Time For Microsoft To Party

AMD have been stirring up the world of PC gaming in a massive way recently, the launch of their Mantle API is one of the biggest changes to how game engines can access the hardware of a GPU in many years. Designed to run on Radeon graphics cards, as well as their new Kaveri APUs, Mantle allows games developers to have their software/games work more closely with the graphics hardware, allowing for better performance when compared with current solutions such as DirectX.

But wait, there’s more! Microsoft were hardly about to take this one lying down and this latest development that Microsoft have their own API updates in the works is likely the reason behind them not allowing Mantle to be used on the Radeon hardware in the Xbox One.

The new API from Microsoft for the Xbox One is known as Direct3D 11.X, and at Microsoft will be speaking at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC), where they will be discussing “DirectX: Evolving Microsoft’s Graphics Platform.” The first big hint that Microsoft are going to follow suit and give AMD a run for their money, and the real winner here of course will be the consumer, because who doesn’t love the ideal of getting more performance from their graphics hardware!

“You also asked us for better tools so that you can squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console. Come learn our plans to deliver,” Microsoft said.

This move from Microsoft is to help reduce the API overhead on the GPU side of things to as close to zero as possible, freeing up more power for rendering and other tasks, if you thought Mantle was hot, then you ain’t seen nothing yet, especially now that there will be some extra competition on the market.

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Samsung Reveals Upcoming Exynos SoCs, Exynos 5244 To Be 34 Percent Faster

Samsung has been silent about its upcoming Exynos SoCs in the past, mainly due to the fact that the technology is going to be behind the 2nd generation of Samsung Galaxy S5 handest. Now with MWC and companies showing off their ‘best of the best’ gadgets and technology, Samsung has officially released some details about the two upcoming Exynos, the 5422 and 5260.

The Exynos 5422 SoC is said to be an Octa-Core having the first Cortex A15 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and the remaining Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, while having the ability to use all eight cores at the same time. The chip supports samsung’s big.LITTLE Heterogeneous Multi Processing and is stated to be up to 34 percent faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 5 Octa.

The Exynos 5260, also known as the Exynos 5 Hexa announced in the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which features six cores composed of two high-performance Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz.

It is said that both the Exynos 5422 and 5260 support high-resolution displays including Quad HD 2560×1440 and the QWXGA 2560×1600 while Exynos 5422 also supports 4K video recording. In terms of availability, the Exynos 5 Hexa 5260 is said to be already in production having the Exynos 5422 at the point of entering it this quarter.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 Announced for Q3 2014, 801 Expected This Quarter

Qualcomm has revealed three new SoCs during MWC, the new Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615, both featuring the ARMv8 64-bit 28nm processing technology and the third generation LTE modem for 4G connectivity and dual-SIM support. The last, but not least, Snapdragon revealed is the high-end Snapdragon 801 having several enhancements compared to its Snapdragon 800 predecessor.

“One thing that’s going to be a hallmark of our Snapdragon story is that we’re going to be providing Snapdragon solutions that essentially maximise our user experience at every tier so smartphone can prevail,” said Qualcomm EVP Murthy Renduchintala at MWC in Barcelona today.

The main difference between the Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 is the number of cores, having the 610 coming in with dual-core technology and 615 providing quad-core technology. Besides that, both Snapdragon SoCs feature the same Andreno 405 GPU found on the Snapdragon 800, having support for DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES 3.0, with added support for hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation, which Qualcomm said will provide more detailed, realistic mobile games and user interfaces.

The Snapdragon 801 features higher quality imaging with support for larger, faster camera sensors and improved image post-processing, as well as higher speed SD card memory support and dedicated dual SIM hardware support. As the Snapdragon 800, the Snapdragon 801 includes 4G LTE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity , in addition to a quad-core Krait 400 processor for advanced performance and an Adreno 330 GPU for premium graphics.

“The Snapdragon 801 is a key platform for us, key drivers are to improve user experiences, [include support for] h265 video, supporting more sophisticated camera solutions and dual SIM configurations,” said Renduchintala. “The camera performance is, from a sensor point of view, 45 percent faster, the graphics solutions have been improved by over 28 percent, [with a] 14 percent CPU capability improvement as well as 14 faster memory solutions.” he added.

While the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2014, the Snapdragon 801 is expected to be available in consumer handsets starting this quarter.

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TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive Delivers Secure 200+ MB/s Read/Write Speeds

Toshiba has introduced a new TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive having large storage capacity of up to 128 GB which also offers secure ultra-high-speed data transferring and sharing.

“Featuring the best performance, highest speed, and largest capacity of any Toshiba USB flash drive to date, this storage device offers blazing fast data transfers while ensuring that all digital information is securely protected,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development, Branded Storage Products, Toshiba Digital Products Division. “We wanted to create a better on-the-go storage solution.”

The TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive is said to come with a build-in security software and encrypted password protection in order to provide maximum security, as well as having huge transfer rates of up to 222 MB/s and write speeds up to 205 MB/s. Another key feature stands in creating user specific private and public partitions, which can be password protected for safeguarding purposes.

With its plug-and-play feature, ultra-fast capabilities and security provided, the TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 is perfect for people who need a secure and convenient mobile storage solution to keep their documents, data and digital content secure and on-the go. The industries targeted by such a solution consist of business, sales, photography and advanced users.

Having a long-term durability ratio, a compatibility with PC and Mac environments and coming in two sizes, a 64 GB and 128 GB version, the TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive is said to be the best solution to suit today’s demanding needs.

Toshiba’s TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive is available at select retailers for a price of $129.99 for the 64 GB version and $199.99 for the 128 GB version. More details of availability and where to buy can be found on Toshiba’s website here.

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Compulab’s AMD-powered Fit-PC4 Brings Performance In A Small Fanless Case

Compulab, the Israeli-based system builder, has just announced the addition of the fourth generation Fit-PC, having been built on the nettop platform. The Fit-PC4 is composed out of two variants, the Fit-PC4 Value, and the Fit-PC4 Pro.

The Fit-PC4 Value model is powered by an AMD A4-1250 APU, with a manageable 8W TDP to speak of, while the Fit-PC4 Pro model runs a more powerful AMD GX-420CA Quad-Core SoC, with Radeon HD 8400E graphics.

Both the Fit-PC4 Value and Fit-PC4 Pro have two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots which can hold up to 16 GB of memory, an mPCIe+mSATA 6 Gb/s slot, an internal 2.5-inch drive bay with SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and a micro-SDXC card slot. The case dimensions consist of 16 cm x 19 cm x 3.7 cm for the Pro and a more compact 16 cm x 16 cm x 2.5 cm for the Value.

In terms of connectivity, both models include two HDMI 1.4a ports with 7.1-channel digital audio streams and a TOSLINK SPDIF 7.1-channel digital audio output. Networking includes two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on both variants, having a 802.11 b/g/n WLAN with Bluetooth 3.0 on the Value model and a 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0 on the Pro model.

The Compulab Fit-PC4 Value is said to have a price tag of $299, while the Compulab Fit-PC4 Pro is going to be priced at $380. Both models should be available at retailers in most countries, however Compulab’s Fit-PC website should provide more detailed information on availability.

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New EIZO 27-inch ColorEdge Monitors Display 99% of the Adobe RGB Color Space

EIZO has announced two 27-inch monitors to its lineup, the ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 color management monitors, targeting professionals from digital photography, prepress, video editing, and other similar fields of expertise.

The ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 are said to offer a new wide IPS panel range which reproduces 99 percent of Adobe RGB color space, as well as dark tones which retain depth even when the screen is viewed at an angle in a dimly lit photographic or post production studio. Having LED technology, the monitors also reduce power consumption by 40 percent and uses brightness modulation technology to minimize flickering and eye fatigue.

“The calibration system is astonishing – for the first time I can calibrate my screen without professional help. The colors are entirely in line with what comes out of my large printers, so no guessing anymore; just true what you see is what you get.” said photographer Carl De Keyzer of Magnum Photos.

EIZO has been stated to use its own Digital Uniformity Equalizer technology, having Delta-E difference of three or less across the screen and also counterbalancing the influences which a fluctuating ambient temperature may have on color temperature and brightness. Another EIZO feature incorporated in the ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 is the ColorNavigator calibration software, which is used for setting the target values for brightness, gamma, and white point, and generating an ICC profile. The ColorNavigator even has a scheduling function that activates the self-calibration and self-correction functions for both monitors.

In terms of video editing, the ColorEdge CG277 presents a 3D look-up table which adjusts color individually on a RGB cubic table. Along with the ColorNavigator software’s emulation function, the 3D LUT is said to apply a film look to the image, allowing users to see how a preview image will be seen by their audience.

The ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 monitors have DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D connectivity, a 10-bit display with more than one billion colors displayed simultaneously from a 16-bit look-up table via the DisplayPort input, a USB hub with two upstream and downstream ports, stable brightness chromaticity and tone characteristics within seven minutes after power on, ergonomic stand with 25° tilt, 344° swivel, portrait mode, and 151.5 mm height adjustment, as well as a five-year manufacturer’s limited warranty including the LCD panel and a 12-month pixel defect warranty for the CG277 model.

Both the EIZO ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 monitors will start shipping late March or Early April, depending on country and release date. No price has been confirmed for either monitor just yet.

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ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 500GB Wireless HDD and Power Bank Review

Introduction


Since the first time that I had a wireless hard drive in for review, I had a mixed set of feelings with the concept and the functionality of the devices, though as of late, there have been a large number of improvements seen across the board with better performance, longer battery life and most of all a mobile application that works as it should do. With most of these teething troubles having been taken care of, I have a more welcome feeling on the technology and I can now see it in a better light as to how they can improve our mobile lives. To top this revised emotion, the pricing side of things has also settled down and as a result vendors are now able to introduce products with more features including the importance of having greater storage capacities. We now have a range of devices out there that can cater for a wide variety of needs and budgets.

The AE800 is not the first wireless storage product to roll of the ADATA production line and in the early part of last year I took a look at the AE400 wireless card reader and power bank, which gave users the flexibility to insert an SD card of their own choosing to either share photos or provide a small amount of sharable storage for a number of mobile devices such as tablets and phones. The bottom line from that review was that ADATA’s first attempt at wireless storage impressed me, with a unit that was easy to use, compact and good-looking. Granted that the mobile app needed a little bit of polishing off around the edges, but it worked all the same and did what it needed to. Since then the app has seen a few changes and the end result is a more reliable and functional area through which you can wirelessly connect to a compatible drive.

The AE800 that I’m taking a look at today pulls a number of features from the AE400 although the obvious difference here is with the storage medium. Where the AE400 was flexible in its storage capacity and connectivity, with the option for both USB drives and SD cards to be connected to the unit and then shared out, the AE800 only has the option to share out its own integral storage. Inside the black, sleek-looking chassis is a 500GB 5400rpm drive courtesy of Western Digital and to power it whilst on the go, a larger capacity 5200mAh battery is on hand. Like the AE400, the AE800 still has the option to charge a mobile device such as a smartphone with the capacity there to charge you phone from flat to full twice (depending on the battery capacity of your handset).

Although the AE800 is designed for use whilst out and about, there is still a native USB3.0 port included as part of the specification, allowing the drive to be connected to a desktop or laptop system in a more traditional manner to copy media and other files to and from the drive ready for use on the go; whether it be for business use, or for sharing of video content to the kids tablets in the back of the card on a long journey.

Alongside the hard drive we get a typical quick start guide to show how the unit is turned on and how you get connected to your mobile device. Alongside this is a USB3.0 cable and a mains power adaptor. Our sample here has a European tipped adaptor, however a plug for your region will be included should you choose to buy this unit.

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Lian Li DK01 Desk Chassis And More To Be On Display At CeBIT 2014

Lian Li are one of the coolest chassis manufacturers around, ever praised for their mastery of aluminium construction and high-performance, high quality products. Now their engineering boffins will be showing off their latest wares at CeBIT 2014 and the best part of all (in my option) is that I’ll be at the show to take a first hand look at them

The DK01 is a desk and PC fusion, combining what we know and love about Lian Li PC cases into the form of a desk. Constructed from aluminium, the hybrid chassis is targeted at the DIY system builder and mod market, eliminating the need for a separate chassis and desk combination, which is a huge space saver, and it looks freaking awesome at the same time!

While the DK01 will no doubt be the star of the show, Lian Li have a lot more treats planned for us at the show, including the reveal of their PC-A51, PC-B16 and PC-A61, all of which have been developed with the help of the community, which has allowed them to tweak and tune them to the needs of the Lian Li buying public.

“These three fully aluminium chassis are a conglomeration of user feedback on prototype models and Lian Li’s time-honed expertise and engineering capabilities. Visitors to the booth will be able to provide their feedback for the PC-B16 and PC-A61 as well as the DK01, which will be updated additionally after the show.” Said Lian Li in a recent statement

Finally, their bonus treat will be two as-yet-unreleased models, which we can only imagine will be incredible given Lian-Li’s trend for revealing incredible projects at trade shows, just look at the CK-101 Train Chassis from a couple of years ago, if that doesn’t get you excited for what this one could be, nothing will.

Stay tuned for more information, CeBit is only a couple of weeks away now and we’ll be on hand to bring you all the latest from the show floor.

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AMD’s E8860 Embedded GPU Offers 92% 3D Graphics Improvement and 768 GFLOPs

AMD has announced their first discrete graphics card based on Graphics Core Next architecture, the AMD Embedded Radeon E8860 codenamed “Adelaar”, which is said to advance the visual growth and parallel processing capabilities of embedded applications.

Compared to its predecessor, the AMD E8860 is said to deliver 3D and 4K graphics to embedded devices, such as digital signage, commercial aerospace and conventional military, medical imaging, gaming machines, and other embedded applications, having a 33 percent higher single precision floating point over the previous generation.

Also, having an output of 768 GFLOPS (single precision), it enables the AMD E8860 to tackle the most complex parallel applications like terrain and weather mapping, facial and gesture recognition and biometric and DNA analysis.

“The demand for rich, vibrant graphics and enhanced parallel compute capabilities in embedded systems is greater than ever before, and is expected to continue to grow as we enter the Surround Computing era,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “Legacy graphics no longer meet the needs of embedded solutions for today and tomorrow. With unprecedented performance-per-watt, the AMD E8860 GPU addresses the need to drive multi-displays, 3D and 4K content and GPGPU compute across small form factors, harsh environments and mission critical applications.”

AMD’s E8860 is said to feature 2GB of GDDR5 frame buffer having a 128-bit bus interface, advanced GPGPU capabilities for parallel processing, AMD APP technology and improved performance with 92 percent higher 3D graphics performance-per-watt than the previous generation, sporting a 2689 score in 3DMark 11. Other features span from the ability to have support for multiple displays with the help of AMD’s Eyefinity technology, to support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL 1.2.

In terms of operating system support, the E8860 is stated to run on Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Embedded 7 Standard, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Linux and real-time and safety-critical operating systems supported by CoreAVI’s suite of embedded software drivers.

The AMD E8860 GPU is stated to have a seven-year longevity supply guarantee and is available as a mobile PCI Express module as well as a PCI Express add-in board. No price has been announced at the moment, though the GPU is said to start shipping in Q1, which most probably will be March.

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Lenovo Announces The YOGA Tablet 10 HD+ Sporting a 1920 x 1080 Pixel Display

Aside from its battery life, the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 10 has been quite a disappointment in terms of performance and expectations. Nonetheless, the company has just announced that it will try its luck one more time with the announcement of its successor, the YOGA Tablet 10 HD+.

The HD+ version has the same screen size as its predecessor, a 10-inch IPS display, however the resolution has been tweaked from half HD to full 1920 x 1080 10-point multi-touch as per the ‘HD+’ name. It features a Quad-Core 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 2GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal storage and a microSD card slot for up to 64GB additional space.

Aside from the above, the YOGA Tablet 10 HD+ features a 1.6MP front camera and 8MP rear camera, 3G connectivity via a microSIM slot, GPS with A-GPS support, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual front-facing speakers, a 9000mAh battery and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS which is said to be upgradeable to KitKat.

The YOGA Tablet 10 HD + retains the key design and technologies users find in the original YOGA Tablet 10, starting with its incredible up to 18 hours of battery life, the tablet’s signature three modes: Hold, Tilt and Stand; as well as deploy the new and improved kickstand that extends from the tablet’s battery cylinder to position it in Stand Mode.

In terms of pricing, the YOGA Tablet 10 HD+ will be available in stores this April with a price tag of $349 / £210.

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Antec Announces the HCP-1300 Platinum Fit For Hardcore Gamers and Bitcoin Miners

Antec has announced a new addition to its High Current Pro Platinum series, the HPC-1300 Platinum PSU, a fully modular power supply unit with a 20+8 pin MBU connector for future needs. It is said to operate at a 94 percent efficiency and reduce electricity bills up to 25 percent compared to other PSUs.

“Antec Power supplies have always been known for their high quality, functionality and reliability,” says Jerome Francois, European Sales Director at Antec, Inc. “The Antec HCP-1300 Platinum PSUs are not only quieter and energy efficient, but also equipped to provide customers with enhanced flexibility and a complete modular cable design to ensure a rewarding, high-performance experience.”

The HPC-1300 PSU delivers the 16-pin socket in a flexible manner, being composed of two 8-pin connectors which can adapt to future connector changes, as well as having high-quality components and a quiet 135mm double ball bearing fan complete the package. Users also need not worry about reliability and safety, since Antec’s PSU comes with the CircuitShield protection, as well as having a seven-year warranty with 24/7 global online support service.

Bitcoin miners will also be pleased with the HCP-1300, having a great feature named OC Link. What it does is it allows 2 HCP Platinum’s to work in tandem to power the most demanding systems.

Key features:

  • Guaranteed 1300W Continuous Power
  • 80 PLUS PLATINUM certified – Up to 94% efficient
  • 16-pin Socket – Industry-leading 16-pin sockets double the modular connectivity by supporting 2 different 8-pin cables per socket and allow for future connector changes
  • 28(20+8)-pin MBU socket – World’s first socket for possible future MBU connectors
  • 135mm DBB Silence – Whisper-quiet, high-quality, long lasting, double ball bearing fan
  • Maximum CPU & GPU compatibility and support
  • Multi PCI-E – 10 PCI-E connectors for multiple GPU support
  • OC Link – Allows 2 HCP Platinum’s to work in tandem to power the most demanding systems

Antec’s HCP-1300 PSU is available for a price tag of $312 / £189 on Amazon.com

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AMD and BlueStacks Team Up To Bring Dual-OS Android In Windows Environments

A partnership between BlueStacks and AMD has been announced at Mobile World Congress which will bring a new BlueStacks dual-OS Android solution optimized for AMD APUs. It is said to delivering Google Android OS experience to select Microsoft Windows-based AMD-based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops in select retail stores.

“The ability to span two OS ecosystems gives end-users access to both Windows and Android apps, but the key is providing for the seamless integration of entertainment and productivity across those ecosystems,” said Steve Belt, corporate vice president, Product Management, at AMD. “Introducing our solution in retail puts AMD and BlueStacks in a unique position to offer in-store customers the option to include access to this great experience at the time of purchase of their new systems.”

The advantages of BlueStacks running on a Windows PC powered by AMD consist of a familiar Android UI, including settings, configuration and customization controls, along with the ability to run Android apps within a window or at full-screen resolution leveraging direct access to AMD graphics processing power. Other advantages consist of support for hundreds of thousands of Android apps direct from various Android app stores, as well as synchronisation between the same apps being run on the user’s stand-alone Android devices, interoperability through direct file sharing that enables Android apps to access files stored within the Windows file system and Support for sensors like built-in cameras, accelerometer, gyroscope and others.

The key factor which presents the bigget advantage of using the retail solution is that it won’t require the user to disengage from one OS before using another. The retail solution also supports easy synchronisation of the two environments through BlueStack’s FoneLink service, which enables AMD Windows-based PCs to become an extension of Android mobile devices and vice versa.

A retail version is expected to be released in the second half of 2014, having it be available at several key retail ENEA partners.

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Kaveri Hybrid CrossFire: The A10-7850K & A10-7700K With R7 240 & 250

Introduction – Dual Graphics (Hybrid CrossFire) on Kaveri


Kaveri represents another significant step forward for integrated graphics performance but realistically it still isn’t even on the same playing field as true discrete graphics solutions which aren’t as limited by memory bandwidth or physical space. However, AMD has always had a solution for making its APU graphics performance more competitive and this solution is known as “Hybrid CrossFire”. However, AMD has recently changed the nomenclature and Hybrid CrossFire is now dubbed “Dual Graphics” so this will be used in this article interchangeably with Hybrid CrossFire.

The term “hybrid” in Hybrid Crossfire is coined because it is a hybrid amalgamation of “discrete-class” integrated graphics on the APU with a discrete graphics card. The logic of CrossFire is still retained in Hybrid CrossFire – you should pair two similar graphics processors to scale extra performance through synchronisation and joint GPU processing. In the case of Hybrid CrossFire you aren’t dealing with only graphics cards like you would be with normal CrossFire, but instead GPUs so it can be problematic, though the objective is still to pair similar parts. AMD does set out some official recommendations for which R7 series GPUs you should pair off with each Kaveri APU – we will detail those recommendations on the next page. A final thing to briefly mention is frame pacing. AMD have released a driver fix for frame pacing which effectively fixes the problem of delayed “runt” frames. In our case we have enabled the frame pacing driver but we lack the equipment to show you how effective this frame pacing driver is. However, we can point you to PCPer who have investigated the driver fix to show that it does solve the problem and offers identical performance to what you would get with the frame pacing setting turned off.

In this article we will be taking a look at what AMD’s Dual Graphics can offer in terms of a performance upgrade for Kaveri APUs, so without any further ado let’s take a look!

Western Digital Announces Surveillance-Class Production Line, the WD Purple

Western Digital has announced a new hard disk production line, the WD Purple, a 3.5-inch HDD specially designed for surveillance applications. The new production line is said to be targeting homes and small business environments having up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition video cameras.

“By expanding our ‘Power of Choice’ product portfolio with WD Purple, we make it simple for our VARs, integrators and consumers to select the right drive engineered for their application and validated with our industry leading surveillance partners,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s Storage Technology group. “WD optimised the WD Purple line of hard drives for surveillance applications to improve high-definition video playback, and operate in 24×7 workloads of surveillance environments.”

The WD Purple lineup is made up of four hard drives, spanning from storage spaces of 1 TB all the way up to 4 TB. The lineup is also equipped with a couple of WD technologies, one being AllFrame which helps reduce video footage loss with a propriety cache policy management technology when combined with ATA, and the other being Advanced Format Technology which is a more efficient media format that enables increased areal density.

The WD Purple production line hard drives is available for purchase with a three-year warranty , having the 1 TB hard drive sold at a price of £54.99 / $92, the 2 TB model coming in at £74.99 / $125, while the 3 TB is available for £99.99 / $167 and the 4 TB at £139.99 / $234.

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The Ultimate AMD Kaveri Review: A10-7850K, A10-7700K and A8-7600

Introduction


If you follow our website and the technology industry more broadly then you may have heard a lot about Kaveri since it was officially launched on January 14th 2014. Kaveri is the codename for AMD’s fourth generation of desktop APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) after Llano, Trinity and Richland. In successive generations we have seen AMD’s APUs grow a lot stronger mainly in terms of graphics performance but also bringing refinements in terms of power consumption and CPU performance as well as new features.

So what does Kaveri bring to the table that is new? In terms of new architectures we see a transition from Piledriver (Trinity) to Steamroller on the CPU side and from VLIW4 (Trinity) to GCN 1.0 on the GPU side. Yet the most exciting and easily the most talked about new feature is the inclusion of AMD’s new HSA technology. HSA is AMD’s “Heterogeneous Computing” plan which includes two main components: hUMA (Heterogeneous Unified Memory Architecture) and hQ (Heterogeneous Queuing). hUMA allows for the sharing of system memory equally between GPU cores and CPU cores and hQ allows for both the CPU and GPU cores to independently schedule tasks.

There is of course more to Kaveri than Steamroller, GCN and HSA – but those are the main components. Other new additions include full support for AMD’s TrueAudio technology, Mantle support and an improved Unified Video Decoder and Video Compression Engine. However, before we delve into those new technical improvements and features, let’s first discuss what this article is all about.

Today we are examining AMD’s entire new range of Kaveri Desktop APUs – the A10-7850K, A10-7700K and A8-7600. In addition we will be comparing those to their equivalents from the last generation – the A10-6800K, A10-6790K and A8-6500T respectively. Then for a bit of perspective we are comparing those three parts with their main Intel rivals – the Core i3 4330 and Core i5 4440. What we’re looking to do is provide a complete perspective on how AMD and Intel’s offerings match up across a wide range of CPU, GPU and combined benchmarks covering areas like gaming, productivity and general system performance, as well as the generational changes Kaveri offer over Richland. Below you can see a summary of all the contenders in this comparison. Please note that the number of GPU cores are not comparable between all processors below, but are only for reference. GCN cores are much more powerful than VLIW4 cores while Intel’s “cores” work in a different way, they are technically “execution units” not cores.

Antec Launch Their BitCoin Mining Friendly HCP-1300 Platinum PSU In Europe

Antec have just revealed the launch and availability of their new HCP-1300 Platinum series power supply. Targeted at the high-end computer market, the HCP-1300 is a serious contender for those wanting to draw some some massive performance figures from their system, especially when it comes to tasks like powering four ultra-high end graphics cards, overclocked processors and a whole lot more.

Antec’s High Current Pro Platinum series offers a fully modular design, which will help a lot with cable routing and management, as well as ensuring you’re not dealing with any more cables than you absolutely need to. The revolutionary 20+8-pin MBU socket ensures it’ll meet the demands of the latest generation and next generation of components. The HCP-1300’s innovative 16-pin sockets create a new level of flexibility by doubling the modular connectivity, supporting two different 8-pins connectors and allowing for future connector changes.

Another great feature is the promise of around 94% efficiency, meaning that the HCP-1300 Platinum PSU can reduce your electricity bills by up to 25% when compared to other leading power supplies. Highest-quality components, 100% Japanese-made capacitors, and a quiet 135mm double ball bearing fan complete the package. The CircuitShield protection circuitry makes the HCP-1300 safe and reliable in any environment. The product has a superb seven-year warranty with 24/7 global online support service.

Bitcoin miners will be happy to hear that the PSU also features OC Link. This allows 2 HCP Platinum’s to work in tandem to power the most demanding systems, 2600w of power anyone? Very handy when your stacking up eight or more graphics cards for an epic mining build and when you combine that with higher efficiency, you’re mining returns should look that little bit sweeter at the end of the money.

“Antec Power supplies have always been known for their high quality, functionality and reliability,” says Jerome Francois, European Sales Director at Antec, Inc. “The Antec HCP-1300 Platinum PSUs are not only quieter and energy efficient, but also equipped to provide customers with enhanced flexibility and a complete modular cable design to ensure a rewarding, high-performance experience.”

Technical Specifications:

  • Guaranteed 1300W Continuous Power
  • 80 PLUS® PLATINUM certified – Up to 94% efficient, to reduce your electricity bill
  • Save Energy and reduce your electricity bill by up to 25%
  • AQ7 – Antec Quality 7-year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support
  • 16-pin Socket – Industry-leading 16-pin sockets double the modular connectivity by supporting 2 different
  • 8-pin cables per socket and allow for future connector changes
  • 28(20+8)-pin MBU socket – World’s first socket for possible future MBU connectors
  • 135mm DBB Silence – Whisper-quiet, high-quality, long lasting, double ball bearing fan
  • Thermal Manager – An advanced low voltage fan control for optimal heat & noise management
  • High Current Rails – 4 High Current +12V rails with high load capabilities ensure
  • Maximum CPU & GPU compatibility
  • 100% +12V – Output for maximum CPU & GPU support
  • Multi PCI-E – 10 PCI-E connectors for multiple GPU support
  • OC Link – Allows 2 HCP Platinum’s to work in tandem to power the most demanding systems
  • CircuitShield – Full suite of industrial grade protections: Over Current Protection (OCP), Over Voltage Protection (OVP), Under Voltage Protection (UVP), Short Circuit Protection (SCP), Over Power Protection (OPP), Over Temperature Protection (OTP), Surge & Inrush Protection (SIP), No Load Operation (NLO) & Brown-Out Protection (BOP)
  • All Japanese Heavy-Duty Caps – All high-performance Japanese capacitors ensure tightest DC stability and regulation
  • Phase Wave Design – A server-class full-bridge LLC design with a synchronous
  • Rectification based on a DC-DC topology
  • Stealth Wires – All wires darkened for minimal visibility in chassis

A quick Google has found the PSU for around £320 here in the UK, not cheap at all, but when you scale it to the cost of the kind of system this will be powering as well as the ultra high efficiency it offers, it soon starts to make sense.

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CM Storm Have Just Launched Two New Gaming Mice

Coolermaster are on a bit of a roll recently, they’ve had one hit product after another and their gaming brand CM Storm is no exception. Now we see them continue pushing forward with the release of two new gaming mice, or should that be old gaming mice?

The new Alcor and Mizar gaming mice are a look back at times when PC gaming was a much less complicated affair, simpler times that need a much more refined and straight forward gaming mouse that’ll just get the job done, but get it done very well.

Classic exterior design combined with high end and modern internal components blends the new and old here, the Alcor is fitted with the Avago 3090 sensor while the Mizar takes the Avago 9800 laser sensor.

The Alcor features a slick optical sensor with a DPI range of up to 4000 DPI over four pre-sets which can be toggled from two switches on the top of the mouse. Omron switches ensure great performance that should last a lifetime and the CM Storm logo features multi-colour LED lighting, perfect for indicating the selected DPI.

The Mizar’s laser sensor can handle up to 8200 DPI, which can be configured through four quick toggle pre-sets right from the mouse, while reinforced rubber side pads ensure maximum grip no matter how frantic your battle gets. Customisation software allows tweaking of DPI, profiles, LED lighting colour and assigning functions and macros to the 7 fully programmable buttons.

The Alcor and Mizar are available right now via the Coolermaster webshop, but will he hitting other UK outlets in the coming weeks. The Alcor is just £29.99 while the Mizar is £39.99, so they certainly sound like great value for money.

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SanDisk Introduces the World’s First 128 GB microSD Memory Card

Mobile World Congress brings news from SanDisk as well, having announced the world’s first 128 GB microSD memory card suitable for 4K video recordings as well as having all the storage space a user would want to keep all his files, music and data in one place on a storage solution the size of a fingernail.

“The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements,” said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. “With 128GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space.”

The microSD is configured with Class 10 UHS-I having reading speeds of up to 30 MB/s and 10 MB/s write speeds, being compatible with all handsets and devices which support SDXC, including most Android devices launched within the last few years. SanDisk also took the liberty of announcing a 64 GB embedded NAND mobile made specifically for Android devices, although it is still currently being sampled by SanDisk partners.

The microSD in question can also be a nice addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset which is stated to support such a card, though a smartphone with over 128 GB storage space is likely to be filled up anytime soon, especially when manually managing the handset’s data.

No price tag has been specifically revealed for the 128 GB microSD ‘giant’, having SanDisk memory cards from 8 GB to 128 GB available from $29.99 all the way to $199.99. To be noted is that the SanDisk 128 GB memory card will be exclusively sold at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com .

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HP Announces Three New Tablets Dedicated To Business Solutions

HP has just announced three new tablets, two of which consist of the ElitePad 1000 G2 and ProPad 600 G1, and another as a POS solution, the TX1 POS. Given the continuous rise of IT demands for flexibility, mobility and lightweight devices, it would make sense for HP to provide such solutions.

The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 has been presented at MWC where was dubbed as being the “total business solution”, having it set to be released in March for at a price tag of $739 / £444. It is said to be designed for flexibility, having full-sized HDMI ports suited for easily setting up presentations, as well as having it packed with accessories and features suited to replace a normal laptop. The key features of the tablet consist of having just 9.2 mm thickness, weighing in at just 1.5 pounds, all powered by a 64-bit Intel processor. Additional features consist of touch, voice or pen inputs, dual cameras perfect for video conferences and enterprise IT integration tools.

The HP ProPad 600 G1 is a light version of its ElitePad big brother and lacks its aluminium finish. A variety of accessories has been removed compared to the ElitePad, having just expandable storage ports and micro-HDMI support, all being powered by an Intel Atom processor. The lack of features and performance can be felt in its price, where HP will be selling it at a lower price tag. An official pricing has yet to be revealed for this particular tablet, although HP is said to be releasing it somewhere this April.

Moving to the HP TX1 POS, the tablet is designed to be a point-of-sale terminal which can either act as stationary or portable. The tablet is designed for small businesses tgat beed to connect to front and back office applications. To keep it simple, the TX1 POS Solution provided by HP is similar to the ProPad tablet, having it connect to POS accessories and ports. The TX1 POS is said to be available starting this May.

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GammaTech Announces the DURABOOK R8300 Fit For Extreme Environments

It looks like GammaTech Computers Corp. has just announced a new rugged notebook, the DURABOOK R830, addition to its notebook lineup. It is said to be certified with MIL-STD-810G and IPS65 specs, for short to withstand abusive harsh environments and is suitable in areas of operation normally encountered in military, utility and public safety sectors.

“It is easy to produce a computer that works well in a climate-controlled environment, where Mother Nature is held at bay,” remarked Jen Chen, GammaTech president. “It is something entirely different, however, to engineer a computer to withstand long exposure to wind, dust, rain, and extreme temperatures as well as surviving bumpy rides, drops, and working in sweltering heat or frigid temperatures. Designed specifically for outdoor usage, our new R8300 notebook offers unsurpassed performance, even in the most hostile environments.”

To describe the certifications even further, the MIL-STD-810G certification stands for extreme sock, drop, vibration and temperature environments, while the IP65 certifies equipment for water and dust resistance. Besides the latter, GammaTech has also received two more certifications for the DURABOOK R8300, the MIL-STD 461F, ANSI/ISA 12.12.01 as well as ATEX Zone 2 for operation in hazardous locations.

In terms of specs, the DURABOOK R8300 is powered by a 3rd Generation Intel i-Core LV /ULV CPU i-Core i7-3555LE or i-Core i5-3437U mobile processor, two DDR3 SODIMM slots which support 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB RAM each, all configured on a mobile Intel QM77 Express Chipset. It also provides USB 3.0 support, Intel AMT 8.0 with enhanced manageability and security, Intel Rapid Storage Technology with RAID support for enhanced performance, power management and data protection, as well as Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel Anti-Theft Technology which can disable a lost or stolen PC and reactivate it without worrying about compromising data.

The DURABOOK R8300 has a 13.3-inch TFT touchscreen LCD display featuring direct-sunlight readability for operating in extremely right and sunny environments, such as the desert or an extremely lit room. The HDD is also a plus, having a quick release storage capability, making it easier to swap 500 GB or 750 GB HDDs just by turning a couple of knobs, as well as having SSD configuration capabilities. If additional space is required, a 5.25-inch multi-slot type optical disk drive is available for another hard disk.

When it comes to security, both the administrator and boot password protection is available to configure, having the Absolute Computrace feature allowing remote management for continual tracking and securing all endpoints within a single cloud-based console. The TMP 1.2 as well as Kensington lock is provided for additional security when needed.

The notebook offers a wide range of connectivity options, such as a mini card slot for Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 Class 1 combo card, a built-in antenna, a built-in WWAN antenna, one M2 card slot for the WWAN Type 3042-S3-B module, a built-in SIM card slot, a GPS module with built-in GPS antenna and an optional Intel Dual Band Wireless 6235 802.11AGN antenna. What keeps this indestructible PC ‘alive’ is one Lithium-Ion battery which provides 8 hours battery life. A second battery can be accommodated in a second slot for an additional 4 hours worth of operation.

The GammaTech DURABOOK R8300 is said to be available starting from the second quarter of this year, having a customization feature available for unique customer requirements.

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Rumor: Nexus 6 To Feature 64-bit 8-core Processor

Whether or not it is true, rumors still remain and they point to the next (Google) Nexus 6 handset having a high-end 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. It is still too early to make presumptions at this time, though Digitimes cites an article from China’s Economic Daily News.

Reports say that Qualcomm is planning to launch its high-end Snapdragon 810 with a 64-bit architecture somewhere in the second half this year, boasting eight cores and said to run on an ARM big.LITTLE configuration which boosts its speeds and battery performance simultaneously.

Making a quick recap of what was specs were released for the Snapdragon 810, it is said to have four cores made out of ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and the remaining being made out of ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs. All of them combined powering a Nexus handset, not to mention the upcoming Nexus 6, would definitely be something worth seeing.

However, take the information with a grain of salt since the Nexus 6 handset is bound to be released at the end of 2014, somewhere in early Q4 at the very least. New rumors are bound to change and make this recent rumor redundant, or could add up and consolidate it into something concrete. Time will tell.

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13 Countries Added to AT&T’s International LTE Roaming Add-On List

American multinational telecommunications corporation AT&T is planning to expand its international LTE roaming services, having it being made available in Canada and the UK last year.

The corporation is planning to extend their services by adding 13 more nations to the feature list, including Spain, France, Russia and others. Taking into account how AT&T is dealing with EE in the UK and Rogers in Canada, the charging rates for the additional feature, named “Data Global”, will not change with the LTE service additions, but AT&T has not specified anything about it in their press release.

“Today, AT&T has expanded its international LTE footprint to now include Spain, France, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong and Antigua & Barbuda. AT&T is committed to providing its customers a wider global footprint to enjoy LTE data speeds. In fact, AT&T currently has agreements to allow for LTE roaming in over 200 countries.”

However, due to different countries having different LTE bands, it would be a bit hard to get your phone to work with LTE while roaming, though if the smartphone used is fairly new, it would have more chances of connecting thanks to the newer LTE technology which adds support for more and more LTE bands into one single handset.

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Thief Mantle API Support Delayed Until First Patch In March, Brings TrueAudio as Well

There have been rumors about Thief getting Mantle support, and it appears that Edios Montreal has finally made it official. However, players are not to expect AMD’s Mantle API at launch. Edios Montreal has confirmed that Thief will be launched only with DirectX support.

However, a match stipulated to be released in March will bring Mantle support, as well as TrueAudio. This will make Thief the first game to use dedicated DSP found on GNC 1.1-based graphics cards like the Radeon R9 290, R9 290X, R7 260 and R7 260X. The TrueAudio technology is designed to shift advanced audio processing from the CPU to the GPU’s DSP, giving both better performance and more immersive audio experiences.

“We confident this patch will ensure the best and fastest Thief experience for AMD Radeon customers”. Edios Montreal stated. “We’re sorry we couldn’t bring this to you sooner – although we will use this time to bring you the very best experience possible and will let you know when the patch is ready.”

Edios was known to become partners with AMD to make Thief a Mantle-supported title back in November. Other games announcing support for Mantle API consist of Star Citizen and Sniper Elite 3, while EA’s Battlefield 4 already received the update a while ago.

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