Does The AMD Radeon Fury X Radiator Feature a Built-in Pump?

The AMD Radeon Fury X looks set to be a truly amazing graphics card and details just keep cropping up out of the blue. We first saw it on 3D Mark Fire Strike and everyone just went crazy. Soon after, the rumoured GPU was officially confirmed and we even came across some amazing pics of AMD’s monstrous Fury X, NVIDIA Titan X’s true competitor. But something was interesting when we took a closer look at them. Can you spot it?

I’ll give you a hint. It’s near the humongous radiator. Still having a hard time figuring out? Ok then, we will tell you. The key element that we thought was odd is the 3-pin connector which can be seen in the pics below. We even highlighted it for you this time.

So what could this mean? Well, our first thought and the best bet is that it could come with a built-in pump. And guess what? We have found what fan is pictured too!

It’s a Scythe 120mm fan, which makes it just 25mm thick. This means there is plenty of room for a pump in the middle of the radiator and lots of space for a reservoir at the base. Clever, but I think we’ve seen something similar in the past as well. And we did! Antec had a similar All-in-One (AIO) series as shown in the pic above, so this approach may be seen here on the Fury X radiator too. This means we are looking at a solid water cooling solution here, making the Fury X true GPU beast.

 

Images courtesy of GEARNUKE and Scythe

Images of Late Soviet Union Computer Mouse Surface, Would Have Cost $300 in 1990

It looks like someone has stumbled upon a rare late Soviet computer mouse. The device is said to have been produced in 1990, but was modelled in 1989, as the documents state. The design is very weird and it comes in red colour (as it would be expected from that era).

The price for this type of mouse is also staggering, coming in at 285 roubles, which was equally translated in US dollars. This would have meant that the mouse in question would have cost around $300 back in the ’90s.

The box states that “It is the most comfortable graphic input device. You can move a cursor or piece of graphics across the screen, paint or use in business”. It even comes with its own serial number written in pen and was under a warranty.

Another odd thing about the mouse is that it comes with its blueprints in the box. But given its price tag, it would be nice to have in case something broke and a piece was required to fix it.

Lastly, the size of the mouse looks pretty realistic compared to a modern mouse, except you can’t really connect it to any modern PC or laptop due to its huge and outdated connector.

Here are the images of the mouse:

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Philips Announces New iOS Lightening Port Headphones

Philips has announced a new set of headphones that utilise the ‘Lightening’ connector only used by Apple on iOS devices. The headphones bypass the conventional headphone jack to provide advanced noise-cancellation using “inverted microphones”.

The Fidelio NC1L does noise-cancellation in pretty much the same way as many other headphones, but the major difference with this set is that they don’t require extra batteries. This makes them incredibly mobile, as they must utilise the power from the deice delivered via the Lightening port.

There are 3 modes of noise-cancellation – one with it on, another with it turned off so you can hear noises around you and another mode that allows phone calls.

Details are few and far between at the moment, but we do that they will at least be released in the US for $299.

Source: The Verge

New USB Type-C Connector and USB 3.1 Tested

Four weeks ago we told you all about USB’s plans to release their new C-Type connector which will see USB speeds increased thanks to USB 3.1, along with the ability to reverse the plug. We’re sure most of you are aware of the saying “50% chance to get it right, get it wrong 100% of the time” when it comes to the current USB design – thankfully this has been addressed with the upcoming model.

AnandTech got a look at this new technology first hand and the results seem impressive.

As for USB 3.1, tests have shown a peak transfer speed of 5-10 Gpbs, meaning a transfer total of 1.25 GB/sec. This is compared to claimed transfer speeds of approximately 600 MB/sec for USB 3.0 and 60 MB/sec for the older 2.0 variant.

Thanks to the new design, this technology also allows for power transfer to take place in both directions through the cable. This means that you can both draw and submit power through the one port, which was not possible with the older models. It’s also been claimed to support a PCI-E data signal through the connection, to use in cases such as a two in one convertible tablet. As seen above, there are many daisy chain applications that can be served off just one connection.

What does this mean for real-world applications? It enhances things such as laptop docking systems – enabling them to utilize fewer connectors to do the same tasks, like charging and monitor display. Also thanks to the two-way power feature, you could see the monitor display also turn into a USB hub for your peripherals.

All of this sounds like some kind of magical device from the future, and it is! The USB International federation hinted a release date, claiming: “this standard will show up in products shipping in 2015”.

Cover courtesy of the USB 3.0 Promoter Group

Inset image courtesy of AnandTech

New USB Technology Means Reversible Port

50% chance to get it right, get it wrong 100% of the time. How often to do go to blindly plug-in your USB device and try to force it in the wrong way?

If this happens to you too, your cries for help have been answered. The USB 3.0 promoter group has officially announced their new USB Type-C connector and it’s ready for production!

What does this mean for a lowly tech user? Not only the ability to plug-in your device either way up, but is also said to be cross-platform as according to the release:

“Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “Representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and IoT industries have been knocking down our door anticipating this new standard. This specification is the culmination of an extensive, cooperative effort among industry leaders to standardize the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting, robust solution.”

This new design will not directly ‘mate’ with the existing USB technology however – so this will most certainly have a teething period of several months or years as people slowly switch over to the new design.

This new connector is backed by quite a few large names in big corporations, so is not to be taken lightly.

“This next generation of USB technology opens the door for the invention of an entirely new, super thin class of devices that consumers haven’t even seen yet,” said Alex Peleg, vice president, Platform Engineering Group, Intel Corporation. “The USB Type-C connector, combined with high-performance data and power, is the ideal single-cable solution for all devices now and into the future.” USB

The new design will incorporate a port size of 8.4 x 2.6mm, will be compatible with USB 3.1 (10Gbps) and support USB power delivery up to 100w. We cannot find information on the exact release date of the new Type-C connection, but you will start to see devices being rolled out soon with both old and new ports to enable a smooth transition.

Image courtesy of PC World

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.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of WCCFTech and EXPReview.com

3rd Gen Intel Thunderbolt Leaked, Supports 40Gb’s Transfers

A new leak has surfaced, giving details from the upcoming Intel 3rd generation Thunderbolt technology, suggesting it will offer up the fastest ever speeds from the technology, a staggering 40Gb per second! This makes the new standard twice as fast as the current Thunderbolt 2 technology and as you can see from the leaked PR image above, it’s also backed up by system charging of up to 100w, increased bandwidth, lower Z-height and backwards compatibility.

The new bandwidth capabilities are courtesy of the PCIe 3 support, offering up double the maximum data transfer speeds while also giving us a 50% reduction in power consumption courtesy of the new hardware.

The real world numbers are likely to be a little lower than this of course, we often see early performance figures to be very favourable in terms of benchmarks, as we suspect Intel will have given the “optimum” scenario to favour their technology for this number, but regardless of that fact, it will be fast, more energy efficient and should pave the way from some interesting new uses for the technology. Being able to run two 4K displays with fast data rates and system charging from a single cable is nothing to sneer at, now all we have to do is sit and wait for it to hit the market next year.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TweakTown.