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VIA Announces VIA Nano X2 Dual-Core Processor

Submitted By Steven on Jan 4 2011 at 10:14 AM

VIA Announces VIA Nano X2 Dual-Core Processor

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its latest VIA Nano X2 processor for mainstream PC markets. Based on a 40 nanometer fabrication process, the VIA Nano X2 delivers better computational performance and improved multi-tasking ability without consuming more power.


"The VIA Nano X2 processor arrives at a time when software architectures are now optimized to for multi-thread computing," commented Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Improvements in semi-conductor fabrication means we can now double the number of processor cores while maintaining the same low energy consumption levels that our customers are used to."

TechPowerUp Releases GPU-Z v0.5.0

Submitted By Steven on Dec 28 2010 at 6:34 AM

TechPowerUp Releases GPU-Z v0.5.0

TechPowerUp today introduced version 0.5.0 of GPU-Z, our popular graphics subsystem diagnostic utility that provides you with detailed tech-specs of your installed graphics processors, and lets you monitor clock speeds, voltages, temperatures and fan speeds. Version 0.50 adds full-support for Radeon HD 6950 and Radeon HD 6970. It fixes several stability and reliability issues, including fillrate roundoff errors, improved voltage monitoring support for GeForce GTX 570, some crashes and freezes.

OCZ Technology to Deliver Optimized Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus SSD Solutions

Submitted By Steven on Nov 16 2010 at 5:05 PM

OCZ Technology to Deliver Optimized Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus SSD Solutions

OCZ Technology Group, Inc.,a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, announces an exciting refresh of the renowned first generation Vertex and Colossus SSD Series. Called the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus, the new SATA II solutions continue to implement the proven Indilinx technology while delivering significantly improved performance at their distinctively affordable price points.

OCZ continues to work diligently with the latest technology providers in flash storage with the goal of maintaining affordability for consumers that demand a faster, more responsive PC experience. Pricing and availability of the Vertex Plus and Colossus Plus series will be announced in the coming weeks.

AMD’s 16-Core “Interlagos” Server Processor Named a “Top New Product to Watch” for High Performance Computing

Submitted By Steven on Nov 16 2010 at 5:03 PM

AMD’s 16-Core “Interlagos” Server Processor Named a “Top New Product to Watch” for High Performance Computing

AMD today announced that its upcoming 16-core server platform based on the “Bulldozer” core has been selected by the editors of HPCWire as one of the top 5 new products or technologies to watch in 2011. AMD was also selected as one of the top vendors to watch, and the highly technical readership of HPCWire named the AMD Opteron™ 6100 Series processor (“Magny-Cours”) as a top new product.

“The HPC community demands the very best in current products and is always looking at the leading edge of innovation,” said John Fruehe, director, Server and Embedded product marketing, AMD. “The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform is continuing to gain traction with our customers, as it simply offers more cores and more memory for less money. We know that for HPC workloads, more cores mean more performance and clearly they are excited about the idea of a highly-efficient 16-core processor based on the new “Bulldozer” architecture that is platform-compatible with current offerings.”

Scheduled for production in 2Q11 and launch with widespread availability in 3Q11, the “Interlagos” processor features up to 16 cores and 4 channels of DDR-3 memory, ideally suited for HPC environments. The 8-core, 2-channel processor code-named “Valencia” will be well suited for smaller HPC clusters where power or price are significant concerns. “Bulldozer”, the first new server processor core technology from AMD since the introduction of the original AMD Opteron processor, features a modular design with 256-bit floating point capabilities and other features that compliment high performance computing.

NVIDIA Launches World's Fastest DX11 GPU - GeForce GTX 580

Submitted By Steven on Nov 9 2010 at 12:43 PM

NVIDIA Launches World's Fastest DX11 GPU - GeForce GTX 580

NVIDIA today announced the latest consumer GPU based on the NVIDIA Fermi architecture, the GeForce GTX 580, which has been re-engineered from the transistor-level up to deliver increased power efficiency and performance over previous generation products.

The GeForce GTX 580 GPU delivers the world's fastest performance for DirectX 11 (DX11) games, and support for NVIDIA 3D Vision™, Surround, PhysX®, SLI® and CUDA™ technologies, further entrenching GeForce-based PCs as the most robust gaming platforms in the world. The combination of an innovative vapor chamber thermal solution and new architectural enhancements make the GTX 580 the fastest and quietest GPU in its class, delivering an increase of up to 35 percent in performance per watt, and performance that is up to 30 percent faster than the original GeForce GTX 480.