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Lenovo is beefing up its reliable ThinkPad E Series notebooks with a late summer/early fall refresh. The ThinkPad E Series is aimed at the bread and butter of the business notebook sector and is available in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch form-factors. This time around, Lenovo has four base configurations for the E-Series, with the E460 (14-inch) and E560 (15.6-inch) models both featuring Intel power. Base configurations start with a Celeron 3855U processor, but businesses that have enough coin can spring for a speedy Core i7 6500U processor. There are also numerous graphics options to appease every... Read more...
AMD today added a third card to its Fury line that's arguably the most intriguing of the bunch, the Radeon R9 Nano. True to its name, the Nano is an incredibly compact card, though don't be fooled by its diminutive stature. Lurking inside this 6-inch graphics card is a Fiji GPU core built on a 28nm manufacturing process paired with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). Did you catch that we said this is a 6-inch card? It's a full 1.5 inches shorter than the Fury X, and unlike its liquid cooled sibling, there's no radiator and fan assembly to mount. This is important because AMD is pitching the Radeon... Read more...
You may have noticed that the bigger the graphics card, the better the performance. It's not a hard and fast rule, though it often applies, or at least it used to. AMD is taking a big step towards reversing this trend of increasingly large graphics cards with the forthcoming release of its Radeon R9 Nano.The Radeon R9 Nano is based on AMD's Fiji GPU, same as found in the Radeon R9 Fury X and the "most complex and highest performance GPU" AMD has ever built, according to AMD CEO Lisa Su. It also uses AMD's fancy High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) architecture, which is a new type of memory chip with low... Read more...
It seems like we went for years without any real kind of innovation in the monitor market. For the longest time, if you wanted a high-end display, you shopped IPS panels topping out at 30 inches with a 2560x1600 resolution. And these days? You have monitors like the new ASUS MG278Q, a 27-inch WQHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate AMD's fancy FreeSync technology. This isn't a monitor that's aimed at graphics professionals. Instead, ASUS is targeting gamers with a TN panel that sports a low 1ms response time (gray to gray). Other features include a 2560x1440 resolution via DisplayPort and HDMI (or... Read more...
Windows 10 is finally here. The new OS has been spit-shined and primed for an official release. As advertised, Windows 8/8.1 users can upgrade to the new operating system, provided that current Win8 installs have been properly activated. Make sure you check our comprehensive Migration Guide for details on upgrades and clean installs. MSFT's new operating system ushers in a host of new features and functions for media lovers and productivity. Part of the kit and caboodle is a brand new browser, embedded Microsoft Office, Cortana search assistant inclusion and most importantly for us gamers--the... Read more...
Sometimes I wonder if we should cook up a TMZ-style column explicitly for reporting on all the drama that transpires between AMD and NVIDIA. Today we’ve witnessed one of the first shots fired from one of those camps, on what’s poised to be a very heated battleground over the next several years: DirectX 12. Over the weekend press was handed access to one of the world’s first DirectX 12 benchmarks courtesy of Oxide’s Ashes of the Singularity. This isn’t a synthetic test like 3DMark’s API overhead feature test, but rather a true real-world benchmark using a pre-Beta version of the upcoming game. And... Read more...
We gave you a detailed introduction to AMD’s sixth generation A-Series (Carrizo) APU back in early June. Carrizo is taking direct aim at Intel in the notebook market, specifically targeting the mid-range ultrabook market and Intel’s bread and butter mobile Core i5 processors. Under the surface, the 28nm Carrizo-based APUs feature four Excavator cores and eight third-generation GCN graphics cores (which of course are DX12 compatible). The new GCN cores promise a 65 percent graphics performance boost over the previous generation Kaveri APU, all while operating within a 15W TDP. Now, notebooks featuring... Read more...
The increasingly bitter war between Nvidia and AMD just hit a new low, with AMD Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy yet again going on the offensive and slinging accusations at Team Green over its proprietary GameWorks technology. Huddy calls it "tragic" and "unhealthy for PC gaming." If you're even remotely entrenched in either company's graphics card ecosystem, you're likely aware of the mud-slinging over Nvidia's GameWorks, specifically surrounding more recent titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Only a couple months ago, AMD's Huddy accused Nvidia of not only deliberately sabotaging the game's... Read more...
Here’s another innovative product straight from the “Why didn’t I think of that?” file. Samsung has introduced the new SE370 gaming monitor series which brings clutter-free, wireless charging support for your smartphone (or other supported mobile devices). Wireless (inductive) charging is accomplished using the Qi wireless standard, which was developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). When a compatible device is placed on the circular charging area built into the monitor’s stand, an LED lights up to confirm that the device is being recharged. It’s a simple and effective way to recharge your... Read more...
AMD has certainly kept our test benches busy lately, with the debut of two Fiji-based flagships, namely the liquid-cooled Radeon Fury X and its surprisingly capable air-cooled little brother, the Radeon Fury. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the Radeon R9 390X, specifically Asus' handsome STRIX offering. Don’t Call It Hawaii! “Rebadge” or “rebrand” are dirty words in the GPU space. Those are words that describe a GPU maker taking an existing architecture, wrapping it up with some new software features, tweaked frequencies, and perhaps updated aesthetics, and presenting it with a shiny bow... Read more...
Join us for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks Webcast! In this episode, Dave, Marco, Paul and newcomer "The Game Technician" Jason Evangelho talk tech from Windows 10 to AMD's new Radeon R9 Fury (on air), 11K displays, Xotic PC's Executioner gaming system, affordable Microsoft CloudBooks, Lenovo's ThinkPad W550s, details of our current sweepstakes where you could win some cool Intel gear, and a whole lot more! Show Notes:02:08 - Windows 10 Hits RTM Two Weeks Ahead Of Global Debut09:48 - AMD Radeon R9 Fury Review: Fiji On Air Tested17:30 - Xotic PC Executioner Stage 4 Gaming... Read more...
Back in late May, AMD launch its A10-7870K Godvari APU, which was refresh of the existing Kaveri core (28nm). A10-7870K, which carries an MSRP of $137, features four CPU cores, eight GPU cores, and a base clock of 3.9GHz (the Max Turbo frequency rose to 4.1GHz). Today, AMD has introduced another Kaveri refresh in the form of the A8-7670K. The A8-7670K takes the place of the A8-7650K as the top dog in the A8 product family. Compared to the A8-7650K, the A8-7670K offers some modest CPU clock speed improvements with the base clock seeing an uptick from 3.3GHz to 3.6GHz, while Max Turbo has slightly... Read more...
When AMD launched the liquid-cooled Radeon Fury X, we witnessed a company willing to commit to new architecture and bleeding edge technologies (Fiji and High-Bandwidth Memory, respectively). Beyond that, Fury X showed a level of ambition and hardware design chops we hadn’t seen from AMD in years. There’s no denying that between its exceptional thermals and strong performance, Fury X is a force to be reckoned with. However, it fell shy of the mark that enthusiasts and press hoped it would achieve, unable to quite deliver a definitive victory against NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Today, AMD offers... Read more...
The latest update of AMD’s Catalyst drivers has arrived, bringing with it support for Windows 10 and FreeSync support for AMD’s multi-GPU CrossFire technology. That’s great news for gamers who ploughed serious cash into their multi-GPU systems, but this driver update has something for everyone. AMD’s Windows 10 support is arriving well ahead of the July 29th release date for Microsoft’s fresh new OS and DirectX 12. If you’re testing out Windows 10 via the Technical Preview, AMD recommends updating the OS preview before updating your graphics driver to Catalyst 15.7.LG 34UM67 AMD FreeSync MonitorThe... Read more...
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