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AMD Supposedly Working on an APU with 16 Zen Cores and a Greenland GPU

Today, 08:41 AM

The AMD news has been coming out fairly often of late, and today is no exception. A new APU is supposedly in the works that will use up to 16 Zen cores and a Greenland GPU to bring the gaming potential. Greenland was mentioned yesterday as the rumored codename of part of the RX 400 series, maybe the high-end line. However, with this new APU, Greenland and maybe the entire Arctic Islands line will be reserved for APUs, as this new APU is said to use HBM, just like Greenland. As for the capability of 16 Zen cores, this doesn't mean it will use all 16, but could. The new APU may be that rumored HPC APU, but it could also be in the running for a server product. Zen is the codename for AMD's APU line launching sometime next year or in 2017, and is said to have PCIe 3.0 and quad-channel DDR4 support.

It all sounds like the makings of a high-powered APU, but remember all of this is just rumor, and this 16 core APU could just be for the server market. The desktop market would probably top out at 8 cores, but you never know what could change in the next year or so.

Source: Fudzilla via WCCFTech

Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Today, 08:14 AM

April Fool's Day is here, as is the middle of the week, but today we have reviews for you and not pranks. We start with a look at the ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer motherboard, which has uniquely designed heat sinks and the promise of high overclockability. There is also the BitFenix Colossus mini-ITX case that has a clean look about it and a small size to fit jus about anywhere. A new article examines how we still have 28nm GPUs and why none have switched over to 20nm yet. Finishing off for the day is the Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum gaming keyboard, with its Kailh mechanical switches and full RGB backlighting.

ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer @ Bjorn3D

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28 nm GPUs Extended Through 2015: 20 nm Planar a Bust @ PC Perspective

BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX @ Bjorn3D

Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum Gaming Keyboard @ ThinkComputers

April Fool's Day Products

Yesterday, 08:51 PM

Alright guys and girls, what kind of April Fool's Day products have you seen? Guild Wars 2, League of Legends, and Dying Light have some stuff planned, and probably more games, too. Reddit is doing their annual odd stuff, and hopefully it doesn't get too crazy like past years, lol.


Turtle Beach has some Gamer Juice so you can "taste the sound."


I imagine Razer will have something before too long. Any other stuff you've encountered so far?

PAC-MAN Comes to Google Maps

Yesterday, 02:10 PM

April Fool's Day isn't quite here, but that isn't stopping Google from getting in on the fun. The folks in Mountain View have a little surprise in store when you check out a location in Google Maps: PAC-MAN! You can now play PAC-MAN in the city streets in Google Maps, with different locations offering up the chance to eat a bunch of dots and avoid Inky, Pinky, Blinky, and Clyde. PAC-MAN works on both computers and mobile devices, but only in certain areas.

Which areas exactly? Well, Google is letting us figure that out, as a series of clues help point us to the spots. Some are a little more obvious than others, and some Google is keeping under wraps for right now. Either way, if you want to have some fun and say bye-bye to the day's productivity, load up Google Maps and get after those dots!

Source: Google Maps

Microsoft Introduces the Surface 3 Tablet

Yesterday, 12:04 PM

Nearly a year ago Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3, which was a high-powered tablet aimed at replacing a high-end laptop. The Surface Pro 3 does a great job at that, but its high cost means not everyone is willing or able to pick one up. That is where we are today, as Microsoft has announced the Surface 3, a powerful tablet that does not carry a powerful price. The Surface 3 runs the full version of Windows, along with all the programs and app you can want, and is even available with a 4G LTE radio. The best part is the Surface 3 starts at $499.

The Surface 3 features the same design as the Surface Pro 3, but in a more compact frame. It has a 10.8" touchscreen instead of 12", and weighs a mere 1.37 pounds. Oh, and it's also just 8.7mm thin. The 3:2 aspect ratio is the same, but instead of 2160x1440, we get 1920x1280. Powering the whole thing is the new Intel Atom x7 processor, a quad-core SoC that should deliver plenty of power while not draining the life out of the battery. No fan is required to help keep it and the Surface 3 cool, which helps make this tablet so thin and lightweight. Storage is either 64 or 128GB on the Surface 3. It also has the kickstand with three preset positions to give you the best viewing angle during use.

A 3.5 megapixel camera is on the front of the Surface 3, while an 8 megapixel is on the rear. Both can capture 1080p video, plus the rear camera has an autofocus feature to take even better photos than past models. A full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, and a microSD reader are also on the Surface 3. Charging the tablet is done via a Micro USB charger, so you can use either the included adapter or your smartphone's adapter to keep the device running. Microsoft claims 10 hours of video playback on the battery, and most likely more during less demanding tasks.

Windows 8.1 will ship with the Surface 3, and can be 8.1 Pro for business users. You can also upgrade to Windows 10 for free within the first year the new OS is available. Microsoft is packaging each Surface 3 with a one-year subscription to Office 365, which includes full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote, as well as 1TB of storage on OneDrive.

Accessories for the Surface 3 are plentiful, and include the Type Cover to give you the full laptop experience while also protecting the screen; the Docking Station to connect a monitor, printer, mouse, and keyboard; and the Surface Pen, which has 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and comes in red, blue, black, and silver colors.

The Microsoft Surface 3 will launch on May 5 for $499, with pre-orders starting today. Microsoft Stores will get the tablet in tomorrow for prospective buyers to experience in-person.

Source: Microsoft Surface Blog

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