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AMD “Elite” A-Series desktop APUs official with up to 4.4GHz quadcore

AMD “Elite” A-Series desktop APUs official with up to 4.4GHz quadcore

AMD has taken the wraps off of its 2013 A-Series "Elite" APUs for desktop, hoping to show Intel that 4th-gen Haswell won't get all the chip attention this year. Building on AMD's integrated CPU/GPU architecture, the new Elite platform consists of a cluster of new quadcore chips, ranging from the relatively power-frugal A8-6500 through to the top-spec A10-6800K running at up to 4.4GHz.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 makes pressure-sensitive stylus technology core-deep

NVIDIA Tegra 4 makes pressure-sensitive stylus technology core-deep

While the stylus-centric abilities NVIDIA is showing off this week at Computex were, up until now, only really available with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note, here the Tegra 4 aims to make line width a GPU thought process. With the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung's specialized S-Pen made - and makes - it possible to write with pressure-sensitive real-time line widths, making digital artwork enter a new age on the hand-held smartphone and tablet. NVIDIA's Tegra 4 processor aims to execute a similar set of features, only this time making the processor itself sit at the heart, making it all manufacturer-agnostic.

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ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM has revealed its latest processor, the ARM Cortex-A12, packing 40-percent more performance than a Cortex-A9 but with the same power consumption and in a 30-percent smaller package. The big.LITTLE compatible A12 is a 28nm chip that can be paired with ARM's Cortex-A7 cores, driving the new, more powerful chips when processing grunt is needed, and then turning to the frugal A7's when prolonging battery life is the priority.

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GeForce Experience replaces “NVIDIA Update” as graphics driver standard

GeForce Experience replaces “NVIDIA Update” as graphics driver standard

NVIDIA's GeForce Experience isn't a baby anymore - several months in and 2.5 million downloads since this system's introduction and eventual public beta release, this game optimizing control center will replace the company's "NVIDIA Update" system as the standard. In each driver package included with a GeForce graphics card, the GeForce Experience will be packaged, starting this week with the R320 GeForce GTX 780 launch driver.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 delivers TITAN die with a “pure gaming focus”

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 delivers TITAN die with a “pure gaming focus”

As NVIDIA continues its journey down the gaming road with software specifics such as the GeForce Experience, so too do they continue to tweak and empower their graphics cards - like the GeForce GTX 780, for instance. This week the GTX 780 has been revealed with much of the same hardware delivered in the GeForce GTX TITAN, but with slight differences that make it just a little bit less expensive and, as NVIDIA has informed us, "more of a pure gaming focus card than TITAN."

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AMD Temash official: iPad smoothness and x86 grunt for tablets and hybrids

AMD Temash official: iPad smoothness and x86 grunt for tablets and hybrids

AMD wants to knock Intel and ARM off their mobility perch in 2013, and the new Temash APU is how it expects to do it. Targeting media and performance tablets, as well as keyboard-dockable hybrids and 10- to 13-inch touchscreen ultraportable notebooks, the new A-series of Temash APUs feature Jaguar cores - boasting a 20-percent performance jump over Bobcat - for consumer Windows machines with the perky performance usually associated with an iPad.

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AMD Kabini and Richland fight Intel for mainstream and performance notebooks

AMD Kabini and Richland fight Intel for mainstream and performance notebooks

It's all-change for AMD's APU line-up for mainstream and performance notebooks in 2013, as the company attempts to hit Intel where it hurts with chips that, bang for buck, offer more performance from less power. That's the claim, anyway, and Kabini - for the mainstream - and Richland - for the performance end - are the processors that are expected to deliver it. Among the boasts are the first ever quadcore for small-display touchscreen notebooks, and up to 72-percent of the gaming performance than Intel's comparable chips.

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Intel Iris graphics detailed for 4th-Gen Core “Haswell” chips

Intel Iris graphics detailed for 4th-Gen Core “Haswell” chips

Intel's 4th-gen Core processors will also debut a brand new Iris graphics system, with the chip company splitting its new line-up into multiple tiers for ultrabooks, thin-and-lights, and mainstream PCs. Ultrabooks powered by the most frugal of Intel's 4th-generation Haswell chips, the U-Series, will get Intel HD, HD Graphics 4600, or HD Graphics 5000, but those machines that can stand a little extra power consumption will get either Iris (for thin-and-lights) or Iris Pro (for mainstream) for at least a doubling in 3D processing performance.

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AMD hUMA wants to speed your APU memory use, no joke

AMD hUMA wants to speed your APU memory use, no joke

Heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access may sound like the orderly queue you make outside the RAM store, but for AMD, hUMA is an essential part of squeezing the best from its upcoming Kaveri APUs. Detailed for the first time today, hUMA builds on AMD's existing Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) - integrating CPUs and GPUs into single, multipurpose chips - by allowing both the core processor and the graphics side to simultaneously access the same memory at the same time.

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