Review ASUS ROG GL552 is the best gaming laptop

Family gaming laptop Republic of Gamers (ROG) ASUS enriched model GL552 with a 15.6-inch display Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels).

In the maximum configuration, the computer is equipped with Intel Core i7-4720HQ. Part of this 22-nanometer products includes four computing cores can process eight threads of instructions. The clock frequency may increase with a nominal 2.6 to 3.6 GHz. RAM DDR3L reaches 16 GB.

The video subsystem relies on a discrete graphics accelerator NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M with 4 GB of memory. There are interfaces D-Sub and HDMI for video output to an external monitor or TV.

Upon customer request, the laptop can be equipped with a hybrid storage system that combines a 2.5-inch hard drive up to 2TB and solid-state module M. 2 (2280) capacity up to 256 GB.

Computer «armed» the wireless adapters Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0, and an HD webcam. Of the three present two USB ports to meet the standard 3.0. Novelty weighs 2.5 kg, its dimensions — 385 × 255 × 32,4 mm Power supply battery capacity of 3200 mA·PM

As the OS using Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Professional. Information about the price of ASUS ROG GL552 yet. 


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Review of Lava Iris Fuel and Fuel 10 25

The company announced a budget smartphone Lava Iris Fuel Fuel 10 and 25, operating under the operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Iris Fuel apparatus 10 is on the quad-core CPU MediaTek to 1.3GHz. Amount of RAM is 1 GB; flash drive can hold 8 GB of information (extended due microSD-card). Display with a diagonal of 4.5 inches has a resolution of FWVGA (854 × 480 points). There are cameras with 2- and 5-megapixel sensor. Dimensions — 134.5 × 66.5 × 10.6 mm.

Iris Fuel Model 25 is equipped with a 5-inch FWVGA, but it has less powerful e «filling». This dual-core processor MediaTek to 1.3 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of expandable flash memory, camera with 0.3- and 5-megapixel sensor. Dimensions of the device are 145.6 × 74 × 10.8 mm.

Both new products are on board wireless adapters Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0, GPS receiver and FM-tuner. Power provides battery capacity of 3000 mAh·h, a charge which, allegedly, enough for 14–15 hours of talk time.

Smartphones are designed for use in networks GSM / EDGE 900/1800 MHz and WCDMA 2100 MHz; supports two SIM-cards.

Buy phones Iris Fuel Fuel 10 and 25 will be at an estimated price of 100 and $ 90 respectively. 


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A brief overview of AMD Radeon R9 370 «Trinidad Pro»

As reported by foreign sources, AMD and its partners began final preparations for the emergence of GPU Radeon new generation. One of the leading suppliers of Radeon, the company XFX, already included Radeon R9 370 on the chip Trinidad Pro to catalog its products. Known resource VideoCardz published an interesting excerpt from the list of new products XFX, and according to it, the company is working on two models Radeon R9 370. One of them will be equipped with two gigabytes of graphics memory GDDR5, the other will receive a full-fledged four gigabytes.

It is expected that the new card should be available in early April, which contradicts information from AMD, according to which the entire line of Radeon R9 300 should be announced simultaneously. Both new XFX are on board chip Trinidad Pro, which has a 256-bit memory bus. They use a short and relatively simple six-layer printed circuit board (the length of the order of 167 mm) with a six-pole power connector, which implies that the Radeon R9 370 is quite economical. Apparently, the cost Radeon R9 370 will be significantly less than two hundred dollars. It is expected that Trinidad will be based on the architecture GCN 1.2 or 1.3, but, unfortunately, on this our knowledge about this chip and end.

Probably full version called Trinidad XT get 24 or 26 computing clusters GCN, which means 1536 or 1664 stream processors. What will be the configuration of Trinidad Pro — unknown. If the information on the timing of the announcement Radeon R9 370 true and AMD plans to release this decision in early April, then, apparently, the company has made significant changes in their plans. Previously, it happened that AMD announced massive graphics processing separately from high-powered models, but the meaning of such behavior a bit. Chips in this class rarely attract much attention, no matter how technologically advanced they are not.

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Comparison of GeForce TITAN X and Radeon R9 390X

Popular Chinese resource ChipHell published what may be the results of testing of the new NVIDIA GeForce TITAN X, moreover rivals in the novelty acts Fiji XT, ie AMD Radeon R9 390X. Source leads not only data on 3DMark FireStrike Extreme, but consolidated results for 19 games in resolutions 3840 × 2160 and 2560 × 1600.

It is interesting that in the list there is also a version of the map on the basis of GM200 with truncated (cut) configuration and 6 GB of video memory to 12 GB on board TITAN X. It is quite noticeably inferior «Titan» in all the tests, but less than the entire — in 2560 × 1600, which is logical, because in this mode, the load on the memory subsystem and the core is much smaller. More recently, this mode was considered extreme.

In general, the news is not too good for NVIDIA, as in the best possible mode at the highest setting card from AMD Fiji XT, equipped only 4 GB of video memory, even a few ahead of TITAN X. Needless to say, how much does it last? However, the retail price of Radeon R9 390X has not been determined, but most likely it will be significantly lower than US $ 1,000.

In the 2560 × 1600 backlog truncated cards based on the GM200 is not so great, but superior to the GeForce GTX 980 does not inspire awe — only 127 frames per second against 110, the difference did not fatal, and in any case not worth the overpayment. A curious kind of card GeForce GTX 9 ** 3 GB of video memory on board. What lies behind this designation is hard to say, but obviously not GM204. Perhaps some early sample GM200.

With regard to energy consumption, the advantage here is definitely on the side of NVIDIA — 256 watts vs. 289 watts in Fiji XT, which means simpler and quiet cooling system, without the use of a variety of tricks such as hybrid water-air circuit. Even less, only 235 watts consumes map with GM200 and 6 GB of onboard memory.

Features GM200 themselves inspire respect: 8.1 billion transistors on a single chip are a true technological marvel. But this is still a miracle is purely symbolic — like any model of the series TITAN, TITAN X will be very expensive, while the price of Fiji XT will clearly below $ 1,000. However, the appearance of these cards AMD still have to wait.


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Review Sony VAIO

Investment company Japan Industrial Partners, has bought the rights to the brand Sony VAIO, announced in Japan the first smartphone from this line. About the upcoming announcement of the device, known as VAIO Phone, it was known back in December of last year. The new product created in partnership with mobile virtual operator Japan Communications Inc.

A new smartphone with support networks of the fourth generation 4G will be available in retail network Japan Communications since March 20.

Smartphone VAIO Phone is running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The device has a 5-inch touchscreen display with 720p resolution, a Quad-core processor with a clock frequency of 1.2 GHz and 13-Megapixel rear camera. Resolution front camera is 5 MP.

The capacity of the RAM is 2 GB flash memory — 16 GB, there is also a slot for memory cards microSD up to 64 GB.

The smartphone battery capacity of 2500 mA·h provides up to 800 minutes of battery life in talk mode and up to 500 hours in standby mode.

Judging by the specifications and design, the new product belongs to the category of mid-level. According to the blog, Blog of Mobile, the appearance VAIO Phone, and the features are almost the same as the smartphone from Panasonic available in Taiwan called Eluga U2.

The cost of VAIO Phone without a contract in Japan will be 51000 yen ($420). In the case of contract smartphone owner will pay to the operator 3980 yen ($33) per month for the use of communication services and unlimited Internet access.  With the new proposal Vaio joins the competition, at least indirectly, with the Sony. However, both sides say they have maintained a good relationship.

However, in the near future, Vaio and Sony may face «face to face» as head of mobile business, Sony stated that the focus of the company now and smartphones are mid-level. At the exhibition MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Sony introduced the Xperia M4 Aqua. This device category device intermediate level is intended mainly for customers from European countries. Sony said it has no plans to offer it in Japan in the near future.


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