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     PowerVR Series 6
      Posted on 18/02/2011 at 16:42 by Guillaume
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    Announced last September, new details on PowerVR’s 6 series mobile GPU architecture have just been unveiled. Imagination Technologies has announced publicly that the first client to use the architecture will be ST-Ericsson (joint venture between ST-Microelectronics and Ericsson). The chip, known as the Nova A9600, built in 28nm, will use ARM Cortex A15 architecture with clocks of up to 2.5 GHz. No surprise to see these specifications mirroring those of the OMAP 5 from Texas Instruments, though Texas does make do with 5XT architecture (the multi-core version of series 5 also adopted by Sony for the next PSP).

    Availability hasn’t yet been officially announced but ST-Ericsson is talking about having A9600 samples ready before the end of the year, like TI for the OMAP 5. To recap, mass availability of the OMAP 5 has been fixed for the second half of 2012.

    For the first time specific figures have been given for the Power VR 6 series, with, at 210 Gflops, it giving four times the estimated performance for the SGX543MP4+ used on the forthcoming PSP. This is ambitious but depends on how much room is given to the GPU on the Nova A9600 die.

     22'' Review: Iiyama Prolite B2209HDS / DVersus
      Posted on 18/02/2011 at 15:55 by Vincent
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    We've published a review that we've been waiting to bring you for a little while now. Some other sites loved the monitor in question—the Iiyama Prolite B2209HDS—so we were expecting everything to go smoothly. That's what we were expecting, anyway ...

    It's time for us to test another Iiyama monitor, and today, it's the turn of the Prolite B2209HDS, a 22'' display with a 16:9 ratio. On paper at least, it combines a great response time, a handy stand and an affordable price tag.

    > Test: Iiyama Prolite B2209HDS

     Intel 510 series SSDs
      Posted on 18/02/2011 at 13:51 by Guillaume
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    VR-Zone (who seem to have got their hands on an Intel roadmap!) have announced the availability of a new range of high-end Intel SSDs. The replacements for the current X25-M Postville (the 320 series) are still slated for March and will use 25nm flash memory. The 320 series drives will be available in models from 40 to 600 GB.

    In terms of the Intel range overall, the new series (510) falls between the forthcoming 320 series range and the current X25-Es (based on SLC memory), still using 34nm MLC NAND (like the current Postvilles). It will have a Serial ATA 6 Gb/s interface and an extensively modified memory controller, with read speeds announced at 470 MB/s and writes at 315 MB/s. VR-Zone is announcing launch of these products for March 1st. The 120 and 250 GB models will cost 280 and 580 dollars respectively.

     Ivy Bridge compatible with 1155 motherboards
      Posted on 18/02/2011 at 13:30 by Guillaume
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    Ivy Bridge compatible with socket 1155 motherboards.

    The next generation of Intel desktop processors, codename Ivy Bridge, will be compatible with current socket 1155 motherboards. Or at least this is what VR-Zone are saying after getting hold of a document that outlines compatibility. Ivy Bridge will take Intel’s general consumer desktop architecture down to 22nm and will be accompanied by a new chipset (which will support USB 3.0). Current P67/H67 motherboards should be able to accept the new chips.

    The document obtained by VR-Zone.

    Compatibility will work in both directions with Panther Point motherboards supporting current Sandy Bridge processors and Cougar Point motherboards (P67/H67) the future Ivy Bridges. Nothing is written in stone however and Intel will only be communicating on precise voltage recommendations in the summer (the VRM specs haven’t been fixed for Ivy Bridge, SNB uses VR12) and this might alter the situation on some entry-level models. Note that while Ivy Bridge does have a 3.0 type PCI Express controller, the spec does impose design differences on motherboards. A Panther Point motherboard (or specifically PCI 3.0 Cougar Point) will be required to benefit from this CPU feature. To recap, socket 1155 Sandy Bridge processors are only PCI Express compatible.

     BIOS Asus P8P67 1305 disponibles
      Posted on 18/02/2011 at 13:25 by Guillaume
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    After our recent news in which we talked about new Asus BIOS’, Asus has made the firmware available in advance on our forum.

    On the subject of not being able to downgrade to a previous firmware, Asus has told us that this was set up on recommendation by Intel. Asus’ B3 motherboards will still have the same design (and therefore BIOS) as current cards. As of version 1305, they have introduced the new microcode developed by Intel specifically for motherboards with southbridges with a B3 stepping. Using the old microcode for B2 chips would therefore be problematic. Let’s see how other manufacturers respond to the issue.

     The energy consumption of 93 graphics cards!
      Posted on 18/02/2011 at 00:00 by Damien
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    How much power do graphics cards draw? We’ve got the answers for you with this compilation of results from our tests covering no less than 93 cards, from the GeForce 8800 to the Radeon HD 6970 !

    > The energy consumption of 93 graphics cards!

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