Sony PS4 Neo May Boast 2304 Core Polaris GPU and 4K

In a move that may replicate their moves around the PS4 launch, Sony appears to be making a major and bold move with the next-gen PS4. Dubbed PS4.5 or PS4K by various sources, the latest codename to come out is Neo. In addition to a new name, the new PlayStation will also feature completely upgraded internals with improved performance. What’s more, the console may even support 4K upscaling.

According to GiantBomb, the Neo will take the current internal hardware and simply make it better. The GDDR5 stays at 8GB but faster modules bring the bandwidth up to 218 GB/s. The 8 Jaguar cores get a clock speed boost to 2.1Ghz, up from 1.6Ghz. The most drastic change is reserved for the GPU, going from 800Mhz to 911Mhz and moving to 14nm Polaris. Furthermore, the CU count gets bumped from 18 to 36.

If Polaris keeps the number of stream processors in each CU, this means the GPU will have 2304 cores. This is smack where Polaris 10 is expected to be and will be a 290X/390X replacement, crazy for a console. What’s more likely is that AMD has shrunk the number of cores per CU with Polaris which would help with the promised efficiency and IPC gains. This would give a more believable core count of 1152 to 1728, much more reasonable numbers.

Finally, the Neo will feature 4K upscaling of 1080p content. This fits with rumours of 4K support and would make the Neo better suited for 4K TV sets. Upscaling isn’t as good as native resolution but it can come performance free with dedicated hardware. This also meshes with the requirements for PlayStation VR, with the better GPUbeing able to offer console levels of detail for the headset. The biggest surprise in my mind is the low $399 cost, the same as the original PS4.

Russia Has Plans to Nuke Asteroids

We’ve seen the movies. I’m thinking about the one with Bruce Willis in, the asteroid hurtling towards earth and a timer that just won’t stop ticking. I am course referring to Armageddon, a film in which an asteroid could end all life on earth. We’ve heard the chances of asteroids hitting the Earth, NASA even has a task force to deal with the issue. What you probably didn’t know is Russia has a plan for when the asteroids come knocking; nuke them!

A joint country initiative was set up under the European Commission, titled NEOShield. Each country under the scheme was responsible for researching different ways and methods of preventing asteroids and other NEO’s (Near-Earth Objects) from impacting the planet. Russia’s solution has a simple elegance to it, to nuke it. While it may not be able to destroy an asteroid, the scientists believe that a nuclear blast near to the asteroid would burn up its mass, producing a jet thrust effect that would be used to change the asteroid’s path, avoiding the earth.

The announcement of the research details comes alongside the newly stated goals for the Russian Space program, which wants to develop a “space barrier”. A series of satellites that would detect any object that could present a threat to the planet.

With a follow-up program launched (NEOShield-2), even the slightest threat of an object from outer space crashing into the planet is being taken seriously. If it contains just rock or an Alien being, it looks like the world wants to not only know about it, but also how to stop it.

KLEVV Neo 1600MHz 16GB DDR3 Memory Kit Review


Memory, the most vital part of any computer that gets overlooked the most. There’s not a lot to say about RAM apart from its expensive and very confusing. DDR3 is an aging technology now, but it is still the most used memory standard in circulation. DDR3 is a solid memory standard, offering good performance with relatively low costs when compared to the older DDR2 and newer DDR4 memory kits. With the next introduction of Intel processors and motherboards, they will offer compatibility of DDR4; which means we could start seeing the demise of DDR3 in the consumer market. That will be a long way off yet as all apart from Z170 will still feature DDR3.

Today we will be looking at the newly introduced KLEVV Neo memory kit. KLEVV has already been released in other parts of the world and has made big waves. The Neo range could be considered as the ‘mainstream’ range for what KLEVV has to offer, although do not let this put you off; it still comes equipped with one of the nicest heatsinks I have ever seen and some very good specifications.

Essencore is the parent company of KLEVV and has strong ties with memory chip company SK Hynix. This allows KLEVV to utilise some of the highest quality memory components available in the world.

“Being reduced to its necessary elements, KLEVV Neo DDR3 Memory distinctly proves the motto “less is better” by its extreme performance with minimalistic design. By adopting select Memory ICs and severe test procedures, the pliable performance brings you the essentials to conquer the world.”

That’s enough talking, let’s jump into testing!


Packaging and Accessories

The packaging on these is top class, solid outer casing with individual pockets for each module ensures the product gets to you in working order; well in most normal cases anyway.

A Closer Look

Much like the KLEVV CRAS memory kits, these are set to impress. Featuring a more conventional two-part heat sink design with an embossed pattern and extraordinary build quality.

19-Year-Old’s Supercomputer Chip Startup Gets DARPA Funding

Ambitious 19-year-old Thomas Sohmers, who launched his own supercomputer chip startup back in March, has won a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the US) contract and additional funding for his company, worth $100,000. The startup, Rex Computing, is currently putting finishing touches to the architecture of its final verified RTL, which is expected to be completed by the turn of the year. The new Neo chips will be sampled next year, before moving into full production, using TSMC’s 28 nanometre process, in mid-2017.

Rex Computing recently raised $1.45 million capital during its first round of funding – with which it intends to hire more engineers to facilitate the production of its Neo chip – but will still have to rely on a small team, working to a punishing deadline. Despite constraints, though, Sohmers seems optimistic that Rex can deliver the Neo on time.

“When Intel does this, they have 300 or more people on many teams over 18 months. We’re doing it with five on a tight schedule,” Sohmers said. “The cost for us going to TSMC and getting 100 chips back is, after you include the packaging and just getting the dies to our door, around $250,000. They sell them in blocks with shared costs of the mask among other companies, which is how we’re getting our first prototypes made.”

The secret to Rex’s early success, in terms of funding and support, Sohmers claims, is to use the term “supercomputer” as infrequently as possible. “In this age of social networks and messaging apps being the big thing in Silicon Valley, it’s almost impossible to get funded if you’re pitching something for the big iron systems,” he explained.

Thank you The Platform for providing us with this information.

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Zalman Reveals Their Crazy Looking Z11 Neo Chassis

Zalman has just revealed their new Z11 Neo PC chassis and it’s certainly unique! The new chassis comes finished in matte black with glowing blue elements. Its design features two large air scoops at the front, which reminds me of some of the crazy gaming chassis we used to see ten years ago.

Despite its strange retro looks, the Z11 is still equipped with support for modern hardware. It features a hidden 5.25″ drive bay on the front panel thanks to a sliding shutter, a large side panel window, 8-pin EPS extension cable. There’s two hidden 5.25″ drive bays, six 3.5/2.5″ bays split over a 3+3 cage layout and the top cage is removable.

There’s room for graphics cards of up to 270mm long, with room for up to 400mm with the top hard drive cage removed. There are two 120mm fans mounts in the front, with a pair of blue LED fans pre-installed. Two more 120mm mounts in the top with one fan pre-installed, a 120mm mount in the back and another 120mm in the base; all intakes come fitted with dust filters.

No word on availability or pricing just yet, but I’m eager to see what this chassis can do. We’ve reached out to Zalman to see if they’ll send us one for a close look. Stay tuned for more details.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Leaked Images Reveal Upcoming Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Smartwatches

Having MWC right at our doorstep, a lot of rumors coming from Samsung are mainly focused on the Galaxy S5 handset. Even so, it looks like @evleaks shifts the focus to a more wearable trend, the Galaxy Gear.

Two leaked images have been posted by @evleaks which appear to represent the upcoming ‘Gear 2’ and ‘Gear 2 Neo’, having posted later on some information about the smartwatches dropping the Galaxy brand.

There have been some changes made to the smartwatch design, having an additional button on the front and changing the camera position slightly upwards compared to the original Galaxy Gear. However, the design still looks like Samsung’s near-universal phone and tablet layout.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have slight differences as well, noticeable in the screen frame and camera. Other than that, both appear to have the same similar functional sense. The leaked images present only two versions, in copper-gold and black, however there are bound to be more diversity in terms of colors before they will hit the market.

Looking at the notifications, the UI seems slightly different from its predecessor, both displaying shortcut notifications on the home screen. What is interesting though is the fact that the Gear 2 displays a camera notification icon while the Gear 2 Neo displays only a general notification icon, despite both having cameras at the top of their screen.

If we are to consider that the leaked images are true, the Gear 2 Neo is said to be a cheaper option for customers, presumably due to lower specs and/or feature variety. Looking at the date on their screen, 24th of February, clearly states an official announcement is taking place at the Unpacked 5 event on Monday, having expecting the Galaxy S5 handset to be there as well.

Thank you Android Police for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of @evleaks

Rumors Point To a New Samsung Windows Phone Coming This Year

After Sony was reported to be in talks with Windows for a new Windows Phone, it seems that even Samsung is planning to release another one this year. Not to mention the announcement of Archos about releasing one themselves too.

When you hear about Samsung, all you can see is Android and more Android. Form Galaxy series, to Note and possibly Gear, but that is debatable. But most of us forgot about the Ativ S, the Odysseey, or even the Neo version of Ativ S. Though Samsung did not release any other Windows Phone model recently, it is rumored to release one soon enough.

.””>@evleaks is yet again ‘responsible’ , claiming that the smartphone might bear the codename ‘Huron’ and can have a model number similar to the following: “SM-W750V”. There are not a lot of details to go on, but @evleaks points to it resembling the late Galaxy S handset model, having round edges and being made out of a plastic shelling.

There has been no word about a possible release date, nor an estimated price. What is know however, as a rumor as well, is that Verizon is teaming up with Samsung to release a new Windows Phone handset in the US. This might be something else, but it might very well be the handset in question. In time, we will know more about it and its specs.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information
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