Items tagged with Sapphire

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...
Turning lemons into lemonade (on a massive scale), Apple is planning to pour $2 billion into a facility in Mesa, Arizona that just a few months ago was occupied by GT Advanced Technologies, which was supposed to be churning out sapphire-crystal displays for iPhone 6 devices. The investment will transform the factory into a command center for the company's global networks, creating hundreds of jobs in the process. Stateside job creation was one of the big reasons Apple was interested in the facility in the first place. However, the business arrangement between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies... Read more...
One of the rumored features that didn't make it onto the iPhone 6 is the sapphire display. Touted for its durability and scratch-resistance, sapphire glass is used on the camera lens and Touch ID sensor, but not the main display where it's arguably needed most. It's not there in part because things turned sour between Apple and sapphire display maker GT Advanced, the latter of which accuses the former of a bait-and-switch tactic that ultimately led to a bankruptcy filing. This boils down to a he-said-she-said tiff, and in an affidavit filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire... Read more...
Earlier this week, Apple's partner for sapphire display technology, GT Advanced Technologies, filed for bankruptcy claiming that it could not continue operating in its present state. Today, some of the documents originally filed were unsealed and we got a closer look -- including GT Advanced Technologies plan to shutter the plant in Arizona it was supposedly about to bring online. In early August, CEO Tom Gutierrez told investors that the company was on track to hit technical milestones and necessary targets to bring sapphire to the mass market and receive a further $139M payment from apple. Today,... Read more...
Apple still hasn't announced its next iPhone, but that hasn't stopped the Internet from talking about and leaking information in relation to what's likely to be called the iPhone 6. Much of the recent focus has been on the iPhone 6's supposed sapphire crystal display, a seemingly much more resilient material than Corning's Gorilla Glass and the same material Apple uses on the Touch ID home button and camera cover for the iPhone 5S. Or is it? A new video has us second guessing the iPhone 6 display's true make up. In a previous video, Marques Brownlee, host of the YouTube channel MKBHD, showed the... Read more...
Forget about spending money on scratch-proof screen protectors and bulky cases, Apple's next iPhone device might end up being tough as nails. Nothing is carved in stone, of course, though it appears Apple is wanting to outfit the iPhone 6 with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal display. It would be much tougher than current displays, which are prone to shatter and crack when dropped. Apple last year inked a deal with GT Advanced to open a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. At the time, an Apple spokeswoman said the new plant would be used to "make components for Apple products," adding that... Read more...
Sapphire announced a new HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card based on AMD's latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. According to Sapphire, it's the only company carrying a Radeon HD 7950 part that's compatible with Apple's Mac Pro series of desktop computers, giving Mac gamers a potent upgrade path. How potent? According to Sapphire, the HD 7950 Mac Edition card increases gaming frame rates by over 200 percent, general performance by around 30 percent, and graphics intensive benchmarks by a whopping 300 percent "compared with the NV 8800GT commonly used in these machines." The HD 7950 Mac Edition... Read more...
We can't say Sapphire's late to the Radeon HD 7770 party, simply because Sapphire was there from the get-go. However, we can say that Sapphire is perhaps staying longer than most other party goers, choosing now to launch its new 'Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition' variant with an "exclusive implementation of Vapor chamber cooling technology." First things first. The card boasts 1GB of the latest GDDR5 memory and is factory overclocked with a core clockspeed of 1,100MHz and a memory clockspeed of 1,300MHz (5.2GB/s effective). That's a bit faster than a reference spec'd GHz Edition card, which... Read more...
Totally silent computing isn't exactly the Holy Grail of PC enthusiasts, but it is a worthy challenge that carries just as much geek cred as overclocking. Companies are making it easier to get the job done. Take Sapphire, for instance, which just announced what it claims is the "first totally silent card to embody all of the features of this new generation of products based on the revolutionary new GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD." More specifically, Sapphire just rolled out a passively cooled Radeon HD 7750 graphics card. The Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate uses a passive heatpipe and... Read more...
Sapphire officially announced a follow-up model to its small Edge-HD Mini PC. The new Edge-HD3 packs plenty of power into its small form. Inside, you'll find a 1.6GHz AMD E450 APU as well as 4GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD. For graphics, the Edge-HD3 utilizes the AMD Radeon HD6320. As a mini-PC, the Edge-HD3 measures approximately 7.6 x 5.83 x 0.87 inches and weighs approximately 1.17 pounds. The Edge-HD3 has built-in wireless connectivity and a high-speed LAN port. Other connectivity options include four USB ports and an HDMI interface for high-resolution graphics output. An HDMI cable and an HDMI-DVI... Read more...
It's amazing what you can discover by digging around the Web. Head over to the FCC's website, for example, and you might stumble upon an intriguing Fusion-powered nettop from Sapphire. Rather than release another pint-sized system with an Intel Atom processor and Nvidia Ion graphics running the show, Sapphire's upcoming Edge-HD3 Mini PC will roll with an AMD E-450 dual-core processor and integrated Radeon HD 6320 graphics. Credit goes to Liliputing for discovering the FCC page, which seems to have to have disappeared, but not before a few specs and several pictures could be pulled from the site.... Read more...
Well here's something you don't see very often -- a single slot, low profile Radeon HD 6670 graphics card. Actually, this is something you've never seen before, according to Sapphire, which claims there's no other HD 6670 videocard like this one anywhere in the world. If you want to take that as a challenge to hunt one down, be our guest -- we tried to find another one ourselves and came up empty. As a refresher, the Radeon HD 6670 sports 480 Stream Processors and 24 texture processing units. Sapphire's model has 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1000MHz (4000MHz effective), along with a graphics... Read more...
Have you ever tried to kill two birds with one stone? It's not always easy, and pet stores tend to frown on such things. But if you happen to need a videocard upgrade and are interested in picking up the just-released Battlefield 3 game from EA, well, Sapphire might have just what you're looking for. The new Limited Edition Sapphire FleX HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 BF3 Edition graphics card gives gamers access to a free copy of the full game everyone's talking about. And the card itself is pretty rad with 1536 stream processors, 96 texture processing units, and a dual BIOS switch that lets users switch between... Read more...
In the days of yore, overclocking was a complicated process that sometimes involved dip switches, lead pencils, pricey components, fairy dust, the right incantation, and a little bit of luck. It's considerably easier these days to push your processor well past its rated frequency, a point that's underscored by the tools Sapphire provides with its new Pure Platinum Z68 motherboard. As the name gives away, Sapphire's latest slice of silicon is built around Intel's Z68 chipset for second generation Sandy Bridge processors. It sports four DDR3 memory slots with support for up 16GB of DDR3-1600+ (and... Read more...
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