AMD A8-5600k APU Processor Review

AMD A8 5600k APU Processor Review

You won’t normally find us taking a look at processors, even though we use them daily in our tests when looking at the huge array of motherboards from brands such as Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI, but sometimes a processor in its own right gets a bit overlooked shall we say. We tend to reserve an article devoted to a CPU or APU for when something new is released, which is where we find ourselves today.

AMD have released their second generation of APU products, under the FM2 platform. We all know of the FM1 based processors, codenamed Llano, which were a huge hit for the budget-end of the market, by offering something that rivals such key processor ranges as the Intel i3 processors by offering better onboard graphics among other key aspects, including a better price point.

With FM2 now fully released, a new stack of processors utilising the Bulldozer Piledriver architecture, with the codename Trinty, under the Virgo platform. Lots of fancy names, but don’t worry, we don’t expect you to remember them all. For now, we only want you to remember one key model; the A8-5600k, as that’s what we’ll be looking at in detail today.

AMD have released this APU offering higher clock speeds than the Llano based predecessor with newer technologies and features, but how does it fair when it comes to grunt and performance? There’s only one way to find out, by running it through our extensive benchmark suite, but before we do that, we want to show a little bit of a background on the product and what it has to offer for the type of user, and market that its aimed at.

Acer Aspire V5 Touch, new laptop with Windows 8

The Acer Aspire V5 has been on the market for a while, but to take full advantage of Windows 8, Acer has decided to improve the V5 updating it with a touch screen. The new Acer Aspire V5 Touch is similar to its predecessor, but differs in that it has a touch screen and obviously runs with the new Windows 8.


Specifications include a 14 or 15.6 inch, Intel Core processor third-generation NVIDIA GeForce GT 600M, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB hard drive and DVD burner.

Secondary specifications include Dolby Advanced Audio v2, two speakers, HDMI, card reader, 1.3 megapixel HD webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS, USB 3.0 port and a battery life of 5 hours.

The Acer Aspire V5 Touch will be available in October and its starting price is $775 U.S. dollars.

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[Review]The iPhone 5 is now official: 4-inch, LTE, new connector and A6 processor

Apple has introduced the iPhone 5. As expected, the new ‘smartphone of Cupertino has been the star of the presentation in San Francisco. The new device meets the 4 inches that was expected, A6 processor, new aluminum design, 8-pin connector and the expected LTE connection. In addition, the terminal will have iOS6 the latest mobile operating system from Apple.

Apple has put an end to rumors in recent months regarding the new generation of its iPhone. As usual, Apple has become the focus of the technological world to show their new device, which has to do battle with the phone generation of rivals like Samsung or Nokia.

“The iPhone 5 is the most impressive consumer device we’ve ever created,” said Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, of Apple, Philip Schiller.

The new device has several significant developments with respect to previous models. At first glance, the most striking is the increase of its screen. Apple has finally abandoned the 3.5 inches of the previous iPhones and has opted for the 4-inch Retina Display on a screen with 1136 by 640 pixel resolution at 16/9 and 326 dots per inch.

The change makes the device dimensions increase, approaching more recent smartphones from competitors. However, although larger, the device is 18 percent thinner, remaining at 7.7 millimeters thick, and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor. As confirmed by the vice president of industrial design at Apple, Jonathan Ive, the new iPhone 5 features a combination of materials “unprecedented” whose manufacturing process is the “most accurate that Apple has faced.”

Connectivity also is a main point in the new iPhone, which will finally have LTE, plus GPRS / EDGE / EV-DO / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA. It was an open secret that the company would introduce this possibility in its device, following in the footsteps of the last iPad. Seem to have a special system that will allow for LTE connections to reaches more countries besides the United States, including European countries.

At the heart of the iPhone 5, Apple has revealed that it has an A6 processor, an evolution from those installed in the previous models. As usual, this processor easily exceeds the performance of their predecessors, making the iPhone 5 one of the fastest devices on the market. Specifically, Apple has stressed that it will be twice as fast as its predecessor, despite being 22 percent smaller.

iOS 6 FROM SCRATCH

The iPhone 5 will come from the store with the new Apple operating system, iOS 6. The truth is that the company has not revealed major developments in this field beyond the latest announced in the Keynote. This is a version that improves things like Siri, options and content sharing application and comes loaded with its own maps from Apple.

For Siri, the voice system Apple receives new languages, such as Spanish, and new possibilities for information search. Apple has improved its accessibility to applications and their interaction with some of them.

As for the maps, Apple says goodbye to Google Maps and releases its own service, Maps. The features of this service is already known, among which includes 3D maps, real images from the satellite network and traffic monitoring.

These are just some of the new features of iOS 6 that come with the iPhone 5. All other users can begin installing the system from next September 19, estimated date for the update. Users of iPhone 3GS and up, iPad 2, new iPad and iPod Touch can be updated.

NEW CONNECTOR

Another rumor that has been confirmed is that the iPhone 5 will feature a new dock connector. Apple had explained that since 2003 they have had the same system and have decided to update it. The company moves from a 30-pin to Lightning, a system that focuses on 8 pins. This is a radical change, which has a much a smaller port.

Apple has said that manufacturers are already preparing accessories compatible with its new port. In addition, the company has not forgotten about the users who already have the equipment or cables with different connectors and announced that there will be an adapter for them to continue to work.

The device will come to the United States and other countries on September 21 and can be reserved from the 14th. For parts of Europe, the phone will arrive on 28th of this month.

Improved camera

The camera has been completely redesigned. It has a new name, iSight, with 8 megapixels, higher unsurpassed optical performance and is 25 percent smaller than the iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera of the iPhone 5 has a sapphire crystal lens thinner and stronger than the standard glass, able to provide crystal-clear images.

The new feature lets you capture panoramic images up to 28 megapixels by moving the camera over the scene. In addition, new features include video stabilization technology, enhanced Face Detection of up to 10 people and the ability to take pictures while recording.

With the new front camera FaceTime HD calls can be made in FaceTime and can be used both for self-portrait videos of to 720p HD. Also can be shared through Photo Stream of iCloud.


IMPROVED SOUND

The new iPhone 5 enhances sound with three microphones, with a new directional microphone system with beam-forming technology, which improves sound quality and a new noise suppression technology that eliminates background noise.

Now the iPhone 5 supports wideband audio for clearer conversations and offers natural sound. Technology wideband audio will be available through more than 20 operators around the world at the time of its release.

The iPhone 5 also includes new Apple EarPods headphones, which have a more ergonomic and sturdy design. They offer quality sound.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The new iPhone 5 will be released in Germany, Australia, Canada, USA, France, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and Singapore on Friday September 21, and customers can reserve their iPhone 5 from Friday 14th of September. The software iOS 6 will be available on Wednesday, September 19 as a free software update.

The iPhone 5 will arrive in the following 22 countries on September 28: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Netherlands , Czech Republic, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.

It will be available in white and black from $199 according to contracting services.

These are the new Kindles

The family of Kindle digital readers and tablets has three more members staring this week. The first, called Kindle Fire, is an improvement over the previous version: a 7” inch tablet with ability to surf the web, play music and movies and of course, read digital books.

The second is the HD version of Fire, a powerful tablet, for $500, becomes an interesting competitor for the iPad.

The last of the devices is a digital book reader e-ink, but also takes orders by touch. All devices will show advertising for products sold by Amazon to be blocked or at rest. According to the company, this is the reason we can sell the devices at a lower price than the competition.

The new Fire

During their press conference in Los Angeles this week, Amazon introduced the new version of its Kindle Fire tablet, with notable hardware improvements, and the not-so-pleasant surprise is that they will now implement a system of ‘compulsory advertising’ when the equipment is not in use.

In terms of technical features, the new Kindle Fire has a multitouch 7” inch screen, dual-core processor and a battery that lets you play 7 ½ hours of video. Unfortunately for readers, the battery life is only half an hour longer when the device is used to read eBooks.

The tablet, which has double the memory than its predecessor, weighs 410 grams, as opposed to 650 grams of the Apple iPad 3, and 565 grams for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The price of the device, available in presale from Thursday, is $160, $40 less than the previous version.

Subsidized by advertising

The high-definition version of the Kindle Fire has a multitouch 8.9” inch screen, and a much higher price. Available for Pre-order this week, the device costs $500 or $600, depending on if you buy the 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage. But the value becomes attractive when compared with other high definition tablets, like the iPad 3, the cheapest version with 32 gigabytes of storage, costs $730.

Those who buy a Fire HD will find that the device also shows special offers and sponsored listings of movies, books and music on your screen when idle, or in locked mode. Amazon, however, said that advertising does not hinder the use of the device.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, says his company is different from companies like Apple trying to make money by providing services, not selling their devices. So this is how they can can offer them at a competitive price without obsessing over them for huge profits.

Indeed: the reduction of the company’s net profit during the third quarter of last year made Amazon think that they where losing money for every Kindle Fire it sells.

(Almost) no distractions

The third and final version of the Kindle that Amazon will launch in the coming weeks is called Paperwhite: a tablet that can not play videos or pictures in color, and only uses its battery when a user moves a page or access a menu.

This is possible because it has an LED screen but with digital ink, a white surface where the dots that make up the letters and pictures are magnetically ordered, and then remain in that position naturally.

Although this model has a feature missing from previous versions: lighting of its screen, you can read even with no external light sources.

Priced at $70, The Paperwhite is also the cheapest version of the Kindle, designed for those with reading as a priority to access over the Internet or buying items from Amazon.

With regard to advertising, the model also shows product announcements from online store offers, but Amazon said that in the future will give your users the option of paying for to disable advertising in the device.

Pi: a PC for $25

The Raspberry Pi is not the first computer with a price less than $100 in the market, and the first with a price below $50, but promises to be one of the most popular. This week, the makers of the PC announced that its prototype is ready to be mass produced, and that the production will take place in the UK.

Last year, a team of British engineers discovered that they could buy the parts needed to build a incredibly small PC for just over $20.

After joining the team and prove they could run a modern version of Ubuntu, an operating system completely free, the team calculated that the system could hit the market at a price of $25, with a version a bit more powerful for $35 dollars.

While the Raspberry Pi became popular on the Internet, its creators discovered that the only way to maintain the desired selling price, the equipment was to be manufactured in China. But this week the team announced it will begin manufacturing the computer in England, keeping its cost unchanged.

Unfortunately, managing to make the Raspberry Pi in the West delayed the release of the computer almost a year. The team, which could become a favorite among governments and educational institutions, faces competition from models such as the Cubieboard, which for $50 gives four times more RAM, and a faster processor.

iPad Mini: New images

When it seems that the interest on the products from Apple has received a breath of tranquility to be officially notified of the release date of the anticipated iPhone 5, we once again jump on the rumor stage, speculation about another of the most anticipated devices of Cupertino

This time its the iPad Mini. Although it seemed that on the 12th September, coinciding with the official iPhone 5 release, Apple could also introduce its new iPad Mini, the rumors have begun to lose strength because, knowing the seriousness and rigor with which the group organizes all presentations of new products, a concurrent marketing of both devices is ruled out in the absence of any reference to the mini tablet in the official announcement of the new smartphone by apple. Therefore, from now on, we must be prepared for all kinds of rumors about the features and functionality of the iPad Mini, until the moment of its official launch.


Everyone is aware of the animosity that the late Steve Jobs showed about a 7-inch tablet, but we know from emails that have come to light in the recent lawsuit between Samsung and Apple, who in his last months of life, his opinions were not as strong. Thus, the market requires to follow a certain course of current realities and technology vendors, as the appearance of the Google Nexus 7 tablet or the new Kindle Fire 2 (still no official launch date) that safely, enjoy commercial successful as its predecessor, are pushing Apple, without having yet ruled on the timing of the release of its iPad Mini, will be keeping a frenetic activity to finish the quarter with a new tablet placed on the market. This will prevent its competitors to gain market share which, naturally, belongs to them in its own right: the iPad commercial phenomenon owes them some recognition.

This time it was from the Asian continent from a web site called Ease web where photos were leaked, to respond to its alleged authenticity, they revealed some details about the new iPad Mini. Several photos have been responsible for the coming forth of this rumor and they are structural details for the back cover (aluminum) and different parts of the main frame. Analyzing these images it can be drawn: they confirm the connection type using a “dock” mini (located between the speaker grilles) for transferring data to a computer, the manufacturing material is aluminum, the trade name will remain “iPad” (engraved on the back surface), the screen size is 7 inches, the camera will be located in the upper left of the back cover, and will not have a slot for inserting a SIM card.

The most prominent tech releases so far of 2012

IFA 2012 show and developments in smartphones from Nokia and Motorola to battle the iPhone 5 which is released this week.

The International Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, the largest in Europe, has just closed its doors with several new novelties.

The stakes of companies this year passed through tablets (or PC) convertible netbooks and with touchscreens, realizing that users bet for extreme mobility.

A common denominator in each release had to do with the presence of Windows 8, the operating system that Microsoft will officially release late October.

The arrival of Windows 8 and its version for smartphones that companies like Samsung did reveal a whole family of mobile devices for that platform.

Ativ is the name chosen by South Korea for its family with Windows 8. It consists of a convertible tablet (Ativ Smart PC), a traditional (Ativ) and a smartphone, the Ativ S.

Samsung also had time to renew its Galaxy Note and publicly displayed a camera that uses Android operating system.

Transformers with Windows 8
HP Envy X2 is the Hewlett-Packard bet for this segment of hybrids that allow the user to have a tablet with a detachable keyboard for more comfortable work when needed.

Vivo Tab from the Asus family is in the transformer sector. It consists of two models, one with an Intel platform and one for ARM.

But its Sony who brought the most extreme design of these devices with their Vaio Duo 11. This hybrid has a keyboard that slides behind the screen and adds a stylus to work more comfortably.

Another device of Sony that did not go unnoticed is the Vaio Tap 20, an all in one computer with an internal battery that can transported to any home space.

The Japanese company also used IFA 2012 to unveil a renewed version of its tablet. The Xperia Tablet S with Android, maintains a similar design to its predecessor and will be released in a few weeks.

Ultrabooks, now touchscreen
The rise of tablets made Microsoft create Windows 8 with touch capabilities. And a sector of companies began to show their devices set to arrive in the coming months.

HP showed two ultrathin notebook models with touchscreens (Spectre XT and Envy TouchSmart 4), the same as Sony with its Vaio T Serie 13 and Vaio E Serie 14.

This is just four notebook models with touch screens, a number that will undoubtedly grow throughout 2013.

But to know more about these systems we will have to wait for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, the consumer electronics show is the worlds’ best show for all things electronics.

Nokia and Motorola are ahead of the iPhone
The Finnish company took the spotlight this week with the launch of its Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in New York.

These two smartphones with Windows Phone 8 will seek to reposition Nokia in a increasingly competitive industry.

The launch was accompanied by the presentation of a series of novel accessories that is able to wirelessly recharge batteries.

A few hours later it was the turn of Motorola. In the same U.S. city, the company unveiled three new devices:  Droid Razr M, Droid Razr Maxx y Droid Razr HD.

It was the first launch of Motorola Mobility since it was bought by Google.

Apparently, both companies wanted to get ahead of Apple and its iPhone 5, which will be presented on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Razer Blade is renewed with a Core i7 quadcore and gamer power

last February came to market a laptop promised to be a sensation in the world of gaming, a promise that has been fulfilled as its sales went sky high. This is the Razer Blade, a laptop that was introduced by its spectacular creators of accessories and components for computers, mostly dedicated to video games. Well today, well today Razer shows us the second generation of the Blade, keeping the same spectacular design but completely renewed inside.

What is most striking about the Razer Blade at first glance is that wonderful backlit keyboard that is accompanied by a small multitouch panel for menus and options in games and special buttons for in-game commands. However, its specifications are more than just amazing, so in this second generation it has been even more surprising, as you will notice from the list of features.

New Razer Blade Features

  • 17.3-inch display with resolution of 1080 (Full HD).
  • Processor Intel Core i7 quad-core and generation Ivy Bridge.
  • RAM 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
  • Graphics Card NVidia GeForce GTX 660M .
  • Hybrid Storage from a disk drive (HDD) 500 GB 7200 RPM and a solid drive (SSD) of 64 GB for the system.
  • Backlit keyboard.
  • Multitouch screen and directed to commands buttons in video games.
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 2.0. HDMI output.
  • WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0
  • New ventilation system for cooling laptop components.

The main differences with its predecessor is in the change of an Intel Core i7 from a dual core for a quad-core, in addition the storage capacity has changed from SSD over a hybrid drive, so the file storage software will be installed separately. Also, changed was the NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M for the new GeForce GTX 660M.

Finally, Razer was widely criticized for its high price as its first model cost no less than $2,799. However, in this second generation they have lowered its cost and will go on sale for $2499.

Razer Those of us give a little “ preview ” in the video below, on the eve of its market launch this coming September 30 in the United States.

This could be the next Amazon Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire, the 7-inch tablet with Android launched by Amazon for over a year, will be receiving an update in the coming days, exactly on September 6 in the Amazon event to be held in California, USA. This new image would be a new version, as received by a leak to The Verge.

Strongly rumored to be launched simultaneously in two versions of 7 and 10 inch that seem to be of accepted standards by the industry and users. Recall that the first version of the Kindle Fire was released in only a 7-inch version, so this 10-inch version would go on to compete in the segment of the iPad, which Apple leads with 68% of sales in the USA. Amazon has not done anything wrong with the Kindle Fire in terms of sales, accounting for 22% of sales in the U.S. and 5% globally.

If this photo is real (some people are questioning that is true) this new version of the Kindle would have a front camera for video calls (the original version removed the camera to make it more affordable) while maintaining the same simple, minimalist design and in a sober black, but different in form, it would be thinner and lighter than the original version. Also it is said to have a WXGA (1280 x 800), as the tablet from Google, the Nexus 7.

It is hoped that this new enhanced version of the Kindle Fire will keep the same price range of its predecessor (about $199), even if it means less income by the tablet to Amazon in exchange for a portion of the larger market, just like Google with its Nexus 7 with earnings of a few dollars per tablet. The goal of both companies is obviously cut the broad domain that Apple has in the market with their iPads.

Picture: The Verge

(Photos) iPhone 5: Reveals its new dock connector cable


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In about a month for its release, the leaks about the iPhone 5 components begin to invade the web each day. Today, we turn to the native cable that will come included in the new smartphone.


This cable, as we can see, will be responsible for connecting the device with any computer that has a USB input. However, what is most striking is the small port (input) which, presumably, should fit into the new Terminal dock.

Recall, for a good long while we’ve been saying that the next iPhone from Apple will feature a new dock featuring a 8 or 9-pin connector, which will replace its predecessor that has 30 pins.

Furthermore, according to the phots, the cable could be magnetized, thus avoiding many accidents and inconveniences caused by pulling it sharply.

Its also worth noting that the photos as well show a few brands, typical in a pre-production product

AMD A6 5400K Trinity APU detailed

AMD A6 5400K Trinity APU detailed

Even though Llano APUs were a great success on the whole, the dual core Llano APUs were quite rubbish for anything other than basic gaming. However, AMD looks to be turning this on its head with the Trinity APUs. The A6 5400K dual core APU is expected to pack two cores at 3.6GHz with a 3.8GHz turbo speed. The CPU cores are based off the revised Piledriver 32nm architecture whilst the GPU also gets a boost to the latest 28nm Southern Islands graphics. The A6 5400K packs a HD 7540D GPU which has 192 shaders at 760MHz. Memory support is up to 1866MHz and the K in the name suggests a fully unlocked multiplier on this APU. All this fits into the same 65W TDP as its predecessor. You can see the comparison with Llano below:

AMD A6 5400K Trinity APU detailed

As you can see, the specifications would suggest a significantly faster APU both in terms of the CPU where there is 33% more CPU horsepower and the GPU where there are 20% more shaders at a 27% higher clock speed. We do not know of a price yet but if AMD can squeeze it in close to where the A4-3400 was at launch, £55, then they are sure to be on for an all out winner for entry level gamers.

Source: Fudzilla