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AMD updates Q2 guidance, projects 8% decline in revenues

In a press release today, AMD announced that revenues for Q2 2015 are expected to be lower than originally projected. In its now-revised estimates, AMD anticipates revenues to decrease by around 8% sequentially, compared to the 3% decline previously estimated. Although disappointing, this isn’t entirely unexpected: AMD itself cites weak PC sales causing a reduction in shipments of CPUs and APUs, and the AMD chips sold for use in current-generation video game consoles have provided fairly slim margins for the company. Indeed, and as Seeking Alpha explains, 2015 remains a challenging year for AMD, as a restricted R&D budget (and the industry’s stagnation on the …
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EK releases AMD Radeon R9 FURY X Full-Cover water block

The single-slot IO and short PCB of the Fury X combined with these new single-slot blocks and bracket would make for an awesome SFF build if we ever get a proper enthusiast-grade Mini-DTX motherboard. “July 7th – EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is excited to launch the true single-slot liquid cooling solution for AMD® Radeon® reference design R9 FURY X graphics card. EK-FC R9 Fury X directly cools the GPU, HBM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas, thus allowing the graphics card and it’s VRM …
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Hardware Canucks reviews the Node 202

Them northern beavers have reviewed the Fractal Design Node 202 and it looks like a good option for a Steam Machine style build. One interesting detail about the case that wasn’t apparent in the photos from Computex is that the bottom and top halves of the exterior shell are each removable. This gives easy access to the internal skeleton from both sides to make it easier to work on. Check out the video for the full run-down of the case. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Thoughts? Discuss this article here.
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Samsung launches 2TB 850 Pro and 850 EVO SSDs

2TB consumer SSDs! Great news for SFF builds with limited drive mounts. No word on price but hopefully they won’t have a price premium for the density and will be in line with the price/gigabyte of the rest of the 850 series. Edit: PCPer has a review up already and MSRP is $1000 for the Pro and $800 for the EVO. If street price comes in at that or under it’s not too bad. Press release below: “Seoul, Korea July 6th – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a market leader in advanced memory technology and an innovator in consumer electronics, today introduced the …
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Gelid launches Polar 27mm tall CPU cooler for LGA 115x

Gelid has released a very low profile heatsink for the mainstream Intel sockets. TDP of only up to 65W so no overclocked 4770K’s with this but it looks to be a good option for a budget HTPC or something similar. Press release below: “Hong Kong, July 3rd – Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions unveils the latest 1U low profile cooler for Intel™ CPU. The POLAR CPU cooler is a product of GELID Solutions SILENT product line. The POLAR is designed for HTPC, Panel PC, Car PC and 1U Server. Heatsink height of just 27 mm fits most slim low profile cases. …
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GIGABYTE Announces Full Support of the New Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 V4 Product Family

Gigabyte has release BIOS updated to support the latest line of Intel Xeon processors – a boon for those of us who demand workstation or server reliability and accuracy. Read Gigabyte’s Press Release below: “Taipei, Taiwan, June 2nd – GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, is happy to announce today, in coordination with Intel’s official launch, that its entire line-up of C220 / H87 server and workstation motherboards now supports the new Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 V4 product family. Click here for GIGABYTE’s line-up of motherboards supporting the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 V4 product family Click here for GIGABYTE’s line-up of …