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Return of the Athlon: AMD Brings Kabini to the desktop

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Introduction The Athlon brand holds a very special place in the tech industry, as it was the first processor to reach 1 GHz. Back in its days, the Athlon CPUs give the Intel Pentium processors some serious competitions. AMD has kept the Athlon brand for almost a decade where it has gone through a numerous of architectural changes, double and quadruple the core counts and gained 64-bit support. Eventually, the brand was replaced when AMD launched Phenom platform in 2010. The old is suddenly new again. Like the Volkswagen brought back the Beetle, the Athlon brand has risen back from retirement with the recent launch of the desktop Kabini. AMD hopes that the success it has enjoyed with the original Athlon can be repeated once again with its latest low power CPU. Kabini Desktop: Athlon and Sempron The Kabini appeared last year when AMD launched it for the mobile platform. It is aimed ... Read More »

ASUS Announces AM1M-A and AM1I-A Motherboards

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AMD launched two new motherboards, the AM1M-A and the AM1I-A, for the latest AMD Am1 socket SoC (ie Kabini) Athlon and Sempron series APUs. These motherboards will feature ASUS 5X Protection safeguards against short-circuits and electrical surges with technology such as DIGI+ VRM. They will come with USB 3.0 Boost with UASP module and UEFI BIOS. The AM1M-A board is micro ATX form factor while the AM1I-A is the mini-ITX form factor. Both boards have two DIMM slots that supports DDR3 up to 32GB. While the micro ATX board has one PCIE 2.0 x16 slot that operates at x4 speed, the mini-ITX board has PCIE 2.0 x4 slot. Both boards will have HDMI, DVI-D, and D-Sub for multi-monitor support. They will also have one Gigabit Lan courtesy of Realtek 8111GR, 8 channel audio, two SATA 6 Gbps ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, TPM header, and one LPT header. The AM1M-A ... Read More »

Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus

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While Zotac maybe is most knows for their graphics cards they also are specialized on small motherboards and small desktop systems. Today we are reviewing one of those tiny small desktop PC’s: the Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus. This is a very small PC that even comes with a VESA-mount so it can be attached to a TV ore monitor and be out of sight. It has a Quad-core AMD “Kabini” APU, the A4-5000 while a Radeon HD 8330 provides us with the graphics muscles. This is not a gaming machine, even though the GPU should benefit from the Mantle API, but promises to work well as either a media PC, a kitchen PC or even a bedroom PC. Does it have what it takes to compete with tables and other tiny PC’s? Continue to read to find out. THE FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS As we mentioned in the introduction this ... Read More »

AMD “Kabini” and “Temash” APU’s

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AMD has officially released its entire mobile platform for the year 2013. Today the company released the Kabini SoC for the ultrathin notebooks and the Temash SoC for tablets. Built on the 28nm process, Temash and the Kabini are expected to deliver up to 20% better CPU performance, 75% GPU performance and longer battery life.  Related posts: Diamond HD7790 Graphics Card  Diamond delivers on the new 7790 model and we got a chance to see what it has... Read More »

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