Acer Rolls Out New Iconia Tab 10 Tablet

Acer has announced its new Iconia Tab 10 tablet recently, a device that comes with top performance at an acceptable price tag as it seems from the specs and recommended price set by the company.

Two versions of the Iconia Tab 10 have apparently surfaced on the market, one with a 10.1-inch WUXGA display, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB flash storage, the MediaTek MT8217 SoC and a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A7. The latter device is the more pricier version, coming with a price tag of $249.

The cheaper version is set at $199 and comes with a 1280 x 800 screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16GB flash storage, a 1.7 GHz SoC compared to the latter and a smaller battery, namely 5700 mAh, compared to the 5910 mAh from the first version.

Both models are said to support only Wi-Fi connectivity, so users wanting to see a 3G/4G version of the tablet would be extremely disappointed. Also, in terms of colour options, the tablets come in black and white choices.

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First Images of NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 740 Revealed, Confirmed to be Entry-Level GPUs

NVIDIA has announced the GeForce GT 740 since Q2 2013, but now word about the latter has been heard so far. That is until now, having the first pic of two model GeForce 740 released by EXPReview.com (via WCCFTech). From the image at hand, it is clearly visible that the two have the PCB of an entry-level GPU, having one in standard blue and the other black with red stripes and cooler.

However, in terms of performance, it can only be speculated at the moment. No official information about the GeForce 740 has yet been released, therefore it is not quite clear what they are capable of. Many other articles and news sources, including databases point to the cards being of Kepler architecture. Although, there is also rumors of it being of Maxwell architecture, but the probability is fairly small. What is clear at the moment is the fact that the GPU is based on 28nm, anything else is up for speculation.

The two graphics cards in the image are of the Galaxy GT 740 and Gainward GT 740 Zhao Edition, one requiring a 6-pin external connector while the other one does not require any type of auxiliary power. The rumors are that the power connector is present only to keep the graphics card stable while overclocked, since the PCIe slot outputs 75W or less. The low power consumption however does not necessarily mean they are Maxwell, but the probability does come from this matter.

Another confirmed characteristic of these graphics cards is the memory and bus width, which is 1 GB GDDR5 and 128-bit. In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy GeForce GT 740 is seen to feature one DVI-D, one DVI-I, one HDMI and one Display Port while the Gainward version will feature one DVI-D, one VGA and one HDMI port.

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Buffalo Announce New Type of External Hard Drive With DRAM Caching

Hybrid drives are starting to become a commonplace on the component market as a suitable upgrade solution for those wanting a drive with the capacity of a hard drive, but with read speeds that are more in the regions of a solid state drive. Keeping up with this new trend, Buffalo Technology has unveiled a new class of external hard drive which features a DRAM cache to offer faster read speeds to commonly accessed data.

Unlike an internal hybrid drive however, the HD-PGDU3’s cached area is not a true solid state partition with the cached data being held on volatile DRAM memory which is kept alive by an internal battery. Naturally this means that after a period of time the battery will run out of power and the cached data will be lost, however Buffalo do provide a small battery meter and in addition to providing the cache with power, the battery also ensures that there is no data corruption in the event of the drive being disconnected from the host device too early.

Two models of the drive will be available at launch with 500GB and 1TB capacities with both drives offering 1GB of DRAM cache backed by a lithium-ion battery. USB3.0 connectivity ensures the cached data can be accessed as fast as possible with speed of up to 400MB/s on offer.

There is no word on pricing or availability as of yet, but with Computex on the horizon we suspect any further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Source: Techpowerup

Samsung Announces 4GB Ram On Smartphones With 8GB LPDDR4

Samsung has announced the industry’s first 8-gigabit low-profile double-data-rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM chip, offering 1GB on a single die. The new LPDDR4 memory is said to provide 50 percent higher performance than current LPDDR3 offerings, with improved energy efficiency resulting in the chips using 40 percent less power than the previous generation, at 1.1 volts.

The chips are fabricated using “20nm-class” process, and combining four of these into a single package could offer up to 4GB of RAM on mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Mass production will begin sometime in early 2014, though Samsung hasn’t given an official time frame.

The announcement comes at an interesting time – Samsung has said that its next flagship, the Galaxy S5, will sport a 64-bit processor, and the inclusion of 4GB of RAM would put the 64-bit CPU to good use. The Galaxy Note 3 came with 3GB of RAM just two months after Samsung announced its 3GB LPDDR3 chip, so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think that 2014 will see smartphones encroaching personal computer territory even further with 4 gigabytes of memory, with the Galaxy S5 kicking off the trend.

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HIS Radeon HD 7790 Turbo 1GB Graphics Card Review

AMD’s Radeon 7790, codenamed ‘Bonaire’ has been in the retail channels for a few weeks now and from what I gather, it has been welcomed very kindly by the consumers with its good level of performance for its price (as shown by the number of cards that I’ve looked at so far). Whilst the launch is a little while ago now, there are still a few of AMD’s partners that are keen for me to take a look at their cards and see how well they perform in one of the closest fought battles to be the best card that I have seen in a fair while. With different cards each giving their own edge over other brands in terms of overclocking ability, performance, cooling, temperatures and design, HIS have got their work cut out to make their card stand out over the rest.

It has been a little while since I’ve had a play with a HIS card – the last one being a 7750 which was launched right back at the start of last year and as we will see there are always those little things that certain brands stick to; in the case of HIS, this is the use of a green/blue PCB and blue fan – its all part of their colour scheme and it certainly makes their card that bit more distinct.

Whilst some manufacturers have updated their packaging designs over that last year or so, giving them a little bit of a face lift as well as updating the accessories that come with the cards, HIS have kept their accessory bundle pretty much the same as it has been for quite a while with a driver CD, VGA adaptor and manual alongside a flyer that highlights a couple of installation points for novice users.

PowerColor have kept the bundle very simple, with a VGA to DVI adaptor, installation guide and a driver CD. I do note that the CD still displays the ATI branding for some reason, although a guess would be that the image that is printed on to the disc has not been updated in a long time. I’d also recommended going to the AMD website to download the latest drivers.

PowerColor HD Radeon 7850 SCS3 Passive Graphics Card Review

For many years now, passively cooled components and hardware has been the only real way to get a totally silent computer, and this was more of a dream years ago when cooling solutions were not as acoustically pleasing to the ear, however the furnaces of systems back then also meant that the though of going passive would lead to the wonder if the system would melt under the pure heat that came from the components.

Whilst these days, lets admit it, some components still do run relatively hot, the technology behind fans and air coolers in general has come on leaps and bounds, with the water cooling option now more of a reality for many people which also leads to lower temperatures on the hardware installed.

When it comes to it though, for those that relish the dream of a silent system, there is still only one way of truly doing so, and that is to go passive. Now whilst on the low end of the performance scale with components that have a sub 100W TDP this is a great idea, when we look over that threshold things can start to get a little tricky when it comes to handling keeping the GPU core, in this instance, cool under the collar.

PowerColor are not put off by this challenge though and continuing their line of passive products under the SCS3 title, the last of which was a 6850, they aim to take a second attempt at making a mid range card that doesn’t suffer from the heat that a 130W core can produce.

Inside the box PowerColor like we’ve seen before, keep things nice and simple, including a driver CD that no longer bears the ATI branding that we’ve long been waiting to see finally changed.

PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 TurboDuo OC 1GB Graphics Card Review

There a whole heap of partners that work with AMD to manufacture graphics cards and with the release of the 7790, I’ve looked at a card from virtually every major player in the market. It’s very rare that this happens to be quite honest as I typically only see three or four cards at a time for each class of card but there’s nothing wrong in breaking the mould a little and overall getting one of the most extensive data sets for Bonaire going.

PowerColor is a partner that I’ve not worked before, but this is not to say that their product is not worth looking at. The then ATI partner, who are owned by TUL, have been producing cards since 1997 and in some respects are a little unheard of these days when compared to the big names such as Asus and Gigabyte to name a few and be-known to some have also produced cards from NVIDIA, although this was done under the Zogis brand name.

With the release of the 7790, like may other partners, we see more than one SKU appear on the market by the brand with two slightly different overclock variants in that. The TurboDuo that I’m going to look over today is the faster and in a way, the better of the two, with a better cooling option and also a higher clock speed out of the box, but the real question is how does it stack up when pitted against the armada of 7790’s that I’ve already seen and tested…

PowerColor have kept the bundle very simple, with a VGA to DVI adaptor, installation guide and a driver CD. I do note that the CD still displays the ATI branding for some reason, although a guess would be that the image that is printed on to the disc has not been updated in a long time. I’d also recommended going to the AMD website to download the latest drivers.

XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition OC 1GB Graphics Card Review

There’s been a whole heap of 7790’s coming through my door recently and it doesn’t look like the flow is going to stop just yet. Never before have I had so many partners eager to get their products tested and reviewed for a particular launch, but as we know, Bonaire has stirred the entry level market right up and consequently every one wants a slice of the pie when it comes to sales. When it comes to the review side of things, what this means for both myself and you, the reader, is the I can give a better representation and judgement on how different cards perform and show their worth.

Next to come to the table with their version of the 7790 is XFX. After a little time of not seeing one of their cards with the Double Dissipation cooling system, Ghost thermal technology and in the case of the particular card that I’m looking at today, hand picked and binned components which mean that they have been selected for the Black Edition moniker that XFX pride themselves for as their top of the line range.

So what’s the advantage of chip binning I hear you ask; well only a few manufacturers sell cards that have hand picked and selected components, but these components that have been selected are in essence the cream of the crop and perform the best when tested, which for you the user means that when it comes to performance, they have just the little bit more to give. For the over clocker it means that there is potential for pushing it that little bit further as I will come on to later whilst consuming less power.

XFX tend to keep their bundles quite simple, but whilst this means that the box contains mostly paperwork, along with a Black Edition case badge, it also means the cost of having to include accessories that most users will keep in the box is eliminated, bringing the cost to the end user down at the same time.

Asus Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC 1GB Graphics Card Review

Having looked at a number of choices for the 7790 from MSI, Sapphire and Club3D, its time to see what is on offer from Asus and when we mention Asus, what comes to mind is DirectCU. We’ve seen some manufacturers use their own design of coolers across their own product ranges, but no-one it seems has been more successful at this over Asus. Bar only minor design tweaks to cater for different cards, the DirectCU II coolers inherently all look pretty much a part of the same family, each shrouded by the iconic black metal frame and three red stripes that run along the breadth of the cooler.

So what sets DirectCU apart from the competition ? Well we’ve found time and time again that they are some of the most efficient when it comes to cooling, especially on the acoustics front, with the top four spots on the charts taken up by a cooler of this design. This naturally gives this cooler a chance to join that group. On the basis of Bonaire, we’ve seen some impressive results to date and knowing that Asus don’t like to displease their huge following of users, I’m sure there is going to be something special hidden somewhere inside this card.

In a standard Asus fashion, we find the box decorated with an artistic breakdown of the cooler and the moniker three claw slashes that run to the top right hand corner. Inside we also find a standard accessory set that includes a legacy display adaptor, CrossFire bridge, driver CD with GPU Tweak and a setup guide.

MSI Radeon HD 7790 OC Edition 1GB Graphics Card Review

Having seen that AMD’s new Bonaire core has taken to the market a lot better than anticipated with its high level of performance, relative to its price, its very much worth looking at what other options that there are to chose from over the Sapphire and Club3D cards that I’ve already looked at. Next to the line with their over clocked edition card is MSI. Whilst I’ve typically looked at cards from the upper end of the graphics spectrum from MSI, including their GTX670 Power Edition and GTX680 Lightning, its been a long while since I’ve look at a card that sits lower down in their range, let alone an AMD offering at that.

Like many other cards that I look at, this one as mentioned has had an overclock giving it a boost of power over what AMD provide, and with a core clock of 1050MHz and a memory clock of 1500MHz, we should be seeing this card sit mid point between the cards from the brands mentioned above. What could be potentially interesting later on is seeing how well this card over clocks. Whilst this is not normally hot topic of a review, like all other cards that I review, this will be pushed further using MSI’s own afterburner software and given the response I’ve had from their own cards in the past within Afterburner, there is the pre-empted expectation that this will clock better than the other 7790’s that I’ve already pushed – this though is to be found out, after all I could be proved wrong as a lot of it is down the old fable of the silicon lottery.

Afterburner is the buzz word on the front of MSI’s blue and white box with the main focus around displaying the over clock that comes on the card and inside with the card we get a fairly standard set of accessories including driver CD and guide, power adaptor and legacy display adaptor.

Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 Dual-X 1GB OC Graphics Card Review

Not too long ago we heard the announcement that AMD were to bring out a new 7000 series card that would fill in a gap in their product line-up to take on NVIDIA’s 650Ti GPU. This card is of course the 7790 and goes by the code name “Bonaire”. Like we saw way back when the 6790 was released, the 7790 fills the void between the entry level 7770 and the midrange 7850 which is a slightly larger gap than some may think in terms of performance.

We have heard that NVIDIA are supposed to be updating the 650Ti in order to keep up with this new card, so already before we look closer at the card, we can imagine that there is something to be seen at that for current 650Ti’s on the market, the 7790 is a force to be reckoned with. At stock the Bonaire cards will come with a 1GHz core clock speed and a memory clock of 1500MHz, but what makes the cores that much different is the finer details that lie within the GPU core.

The 28nm core hosts  2.08 billion transistors and 896 stream processors giving it 1.79TFLOPS of compute performance, which when compared to the 7770’s 1.28TFLOPS of performance, is a huge gain indeed. On top of this the 1GB of GDDR5 memory runs on a 128-bit interface and gives 96GB/s of bandwidth. Given all this extra performance the card still operates with a typical board power of only ~85W.

Alongside the card we find a typical Sapphire accessory lineup with a set of leaflets for installation, warranty and registration, a CrossFire bridge, DVI to VGA adapter  HMDI cable, case sticker, power adapter and driver CD.