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Quad Core ASUS Transformer Prime Coming In December. Starting At $499 For 32 GB.

  • November 9, 2011 12:41 am

The wait for quad-core Android power is almost over. This December ASUS will finally launch their much hyped Transformer Prime tablet which packs Nvidia’s latest generation Tegra 3 quad-core processor (formerly known as “Kal-El”). The Transformer will ship in 32 GB ($499) and 64 GB ($599) capacities and contrary to popular rumors, feature Android 3.2 Gingerbread instead of the upcoming Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.

Transformer aside, the Tegra 3 brain behind the beast will reportedly manage 3x the processing power of Tegra 2 hardware yet manage to sip power with 61% more efficiency — according to Nvidia that equates to ~12 hours of HD video playback per charge.

As previously mentioned, Tegra 3 is actually a 5-core chip in a 4 + 1 configuration. The main four cores are used in normal/high power situations and can clock up or down individually while still “remaining as one” processor while a fifth low-power core kicks in when the devices’ screen is locked or the device is in standby. This power sipping fifth core will only run up to 500 MHz in order to keep standby power usage in check.

In short: Quad-core tablets are on their way for the 2011 holiday season, meaning quad-core phones are only a few quarters away. Are you ready?

Leaked Video Teases Tegra 3′s Power.

  • October 18, 2011 8:16 pm


A teaser video for Nvidia’s next-gen Kal-el quad-core platform has leaked out, and surprise surprise the next-gen platform to carry the torch onward from Tegra 2 will be called — Tegra 3.

While the naming isn’t anything special, the performance will be. Nvidia promises all kinds of 1080p full HD shenanigans as well as console quality gaming. It’s worthing noting, too, that all of the extra power provided by the four, full cores will still sip energy — on par with Tegra 2, and at many times far less.

Rumors have long pegged late summer/early fall as Kal-el’s official launch season but so far nothing has been revealed. With that said ASUS’ upcoming Transformer 2 is the next best choice for quad-core power, scheduled for November and at the $499 price point.

While we contemplate some of life’s more serious questions (such as when we’ll really see Kal-el hardware) take a few to catch a leaked Tegra 3 teaser video after the break…

Tegra 2 Successor, Kal-El, Actually Has 5 Cores In 4 +1 Configuration.

  • September 20, 2011 11:56 am


Nvidia’s next-gen Tegra 3 “Kal-El” platform has been demoed a time or two before showcasing the brute force four cores will soon bring. The only thing — there’s five cores.

But before you start getting all glassy-eyed, it’s important to note a few things…

Leaked Nvidia Roadmap Divulges 3 New Processors For 2013.

  • September 12, 2011 12:31 pm


We’ve already heard about Nvidia’s upcoming quad-core processors a time or two before but that doesn’t mean our interest is any less piqued. Especially not with new roadmaps of Nvidia’s 2012 and 2013 mobile processor platforms leaking out.

As the roadmap above shows, Nvidia will have three new processor platforms debuting next year. More interesting, however, is the forking of Nvidia’s Tegra line after Kal-El+ into two distinct sub-platforms: Wayne (high-end smartphones + tablets) and Grey (mid to low-end smartphones).

It’s all exciting news that makes us take a step back considering Nvidia has yet to ship any Kal-El quad-core hardware. Though such goods are rumored to start hitting the market later this year/early next. Sadly that’s where there details end. As many of you out there already know, the mobile industry (among others) never sits still.

MSI Announces New G-Series Gaming Laptops: Core i7, Nvidia GTX 570M And 1 TB Hard Drives.

  • September 7, 2011 10:32 am


We aren’t the biggest PC gamers in the world, but when we do we tend to gravitate towards hulking desktop boxes that ooze testosterone and suck down electricity. It used to be that good mobile options were few and far between. That has since changed in recent years as the laptop gaming scene has exploded. Highlighting this fact can be seen with MSI’s new 15″ and 17″ G-Series gaming laptops. The G-Series will offer up speedy Intel Core i7 processors (up to i7-2630QM), up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, Nvidia’s GTX 570M mobile GPU and 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drives. Being the spec-loving enthusiasts that we are, we’d opt for the $1,999 GT780DXR-099US — MSI, seriously, give us some real names for once — which packs the Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz (turbos up to 2.9 GHz), 17.3″ 1920 x 1080 display, Nvidia GTX 570M with 1.5 GB of VRAM, full-color programmable back-lit keyboard, 1.5 TB hard drive in RAID 0, 16 GB of DDR3 memory, Blu-ray burner, THX TruStudio Pro speakers w/ subwoofer and plenty of USB 3.0 ports. Full measurements for this beastly rig come in at 16.85” (L) x 11.34” (W) x 2.17” (H) and 8.6 lbs.

If the above is a bit too much, MSI also has the GE620DX-278US at $1,199. The more affordable 15.6″ laptop also features a 1920 x 1080 display and Intel Core i7-2630QM processor along with an Nvidia FeForce GT 555M with 2 GB of DDR3 VRAM, a 640 hard drive capacity (max), 8 GB of DDR3 memory, THX TruStudio PRO sound/speakers, USB 3.0, built-in 720p webcam and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n.

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First Quad Core Optimized App Pops Up In Nvidia’s Tegra Zone.

  • August 26, 2011 6:52 am


There aren’t too many Android apps/games at the moment that truly “impress” us. That’s not to say they’re not good games. But in terms of UI/graphics there’s plenty to be had. Nvidia’s upcoming Tegra 3/Kal-el quad-core processor will help such matters with it’s copious amounts of power and potential. And while Tegra 3/Kal-el hasn’t even been officially announced yet, games are already starting to appear in the company’s Tegra Zone app store…

AMD Goes For The Kill With The Radeon 6990M Mobile GPU.

  • July 12, 2011 7:18 am

PC enthusiasts who happen to favor the mobile life and carry a portable gaming rig to prove it will no doubt be interested in AMD’s latest offering — the newly announced 6990M mobile GPU. Said silicon is up 25% faster than competing cards according to AMD. For the real nerds, specs include:

  • Core Clock: 715 MHz
  • Stream Processors: 1120
  • Memory: 2 GB GDDR5 Memory w/ 256-bit bus @ 900 MHz
  • Transistors: 1.7 billion
  • Power:1.6 TFLOPs of computing power @ 115.2 GB/s

The titles used to make such claims include: Batman Arkham Asylum, Dragon Age 2, Shogun 2, BattleForge, Left 4 Dead, Metro2033, Wolfenstein MP, The Chronicles of Riddick, and E.T.: Quake Wars. Yeah, not the most demanding list of games on the market. Still, it goes without saying there’s a lot of power to be had here.

As we don’t have either a GTX 580M or 6990M on hand to put head-to-head, we’ll have to wait for the various PC enthusiast sites to crunch the numbers and tell us who the real king is.

Look for the AMD 6990M to join the option boxes alongside Nvidia’s GTX 580M in laptops such as the Alienware M18X and Clevo’s P170HM and P150HM laptops very soon.

Poor Production Yields Delaying Nvidia Roadmap?

  • July 8, 2011 7:56 am


Say it isn’t so! Nvidia’s aggressive roadmap (above) for their desktop GPUs is beginning to slip no thanks to reported production difficulties and < 50% yield rates, according to DigiTimes.

The most immediate change is that the Fermi successor, 28nm Kepler, won't drop in late 2011 as was originally planned. Instead, we'll have to wait until Q1 2012. Similarly, Nvidia's 22/20nm Maxwell architecture has been pushed back from 2013 --> 2014.

Though outside of unconfirmed yield problems, another rumor floating around is that Kepler’s performance simply isn’t that great and that no actual production issues exist — this fact highlighted by TSMC’s other customer, Qualcomm, who is still pushing onward with their 28nm Krait mobile processors.

The same sources of DigiTimes who cite Nvidia’s problems also say AMD isn’t much better off. While they are still scheduled to make a late Q3/Q4 launch date with their own 28nm technology, wide scale availability won’t reportedly come until sometime in 2012 due to — you guessed it — low yield rates.

Looks like Nvidia’s 5xx series will reign supreme a bit longer…

4th Gen Tegra “Wayne” Processors To Feature 4 And 8 Cores, Up To 64 Core GPU!

  • July 1, 2011 6:52 am


Nvidia’s 3rd generation Tegra platform code-named “Kal-El” isn’t even released yet and we’re already over it. While Kal-El’s quad-core architecture will certainly make 2012′s tables a sight to see, it is the 4th generation’s “Wayne” platform that is really exciting. How does quad and octo-core tablets and superphones sound?

The unique aspect of the Wayne platform will be its dual chip approach. On the “lower end” we’ll have a 1.5 GHz quad-core chip w/ 24-core GPU built off of the ARM Cortex A15 architecture. It’ll provide triple-digit GFLOP performance while still retaining Kal-El’s (3rd — still unreleased — generation Tegra) power envelope.

The higher end octo-core beast chip will feature a much beefier CPU (see “octo-core”) as well as a 32/64-core GPU. The insane amount of power on tap means we’ll now get support for OpenGL 4.x, OpenCL 1.x, Lightfield focusing technology and even Nvidia’s desktop PhysX technology.

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