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Aug 18, 2014

New Leak Shows Images of an alleged iPhone 6L Logic Board and Display [Rumor]

Rumors of two larger iPhone models, dubbed as iPhone 6 and iPhone 6L (supposedly coming from Large) are circulating for a few months now. The rumors coming from Apple's suppliers and manufacturers in China talks about a 4.7-inch diagonal display and a larger 5.5-inch diagonal display model.

However, so far we have only seen parts for the 4.7-inch one. Everything from the logic board, camera, back plate, front panel display glass, battery and circuitry. Even the round dual flash and the Apple logo were presented in a few leaks. The most recent pictures have even presented the box and reversible USB to lightning port cable the iPhone 6 may get. The lack of leaked photos for the 5.5-inch model had everyone asking themselves whether the device is real, or if Apple is actually planning on releasing it this year or in 2015. And when everyone was expecting less, a Taiwanese blog has posted the first alleged photos of the iPhone 6L parts. You can notice the logic board, battery and display. The latter part, the screen of the rumored future iPhone model is not longer than the iPhone 6's 4.7-inch one, but it is wider. Take these photos with a grain of salt, because they may very well be fake or the parts belong to wither a clone, or a device Apple may never release. However, there are some similarities with the iPhone 6 model.

These new photos show the flex cables and sensors positioned in the same spots as with its smaller counterpart. Also, the logic board photographed here looks pretty much identical to the 4.7-inch model one. The battery has, as expected a larger capacity. It appears to be a 2915 mAh unit, almost double the size of an iPhone 5s battery. However, the larger battery size will not necessarily mean it will bring more juice to the device, but only it will help it stay awake as long as the iPhone 5s. We know that a larger screen is power hungry, so the battery needs to support that. Also the device may have a different processor that may require more power. Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone on September 9th and release it in the retail chain a week later. It remains to be seen if the Cupertino tech giant will get an even larger phone to the market along with their flagship.

iPhone 6L Parts

iPhone 6L versus iPhone 6 display
Images credits to iphonedaily.com.tw

This Is the Mythical NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan II, Based on GM200 Maxwell GPU

Graphics adapters can be really troublesome things to make, but that hasn't stopped Advanced Micro Devices and NVIDIA from one-upping each other over the years anyway. In fact, it has only spurned them further, to the point where NVIDIA is already designing the top-tier Maxwell-based board.

Admittedly, this has been coming since the early days of the year, when NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, powered by the GM107 graphics processing unit. It was a sort of trial run for the technology, since NVIDIA expected something bad to go down with the 20nm process technology, meaning it likely would have to redesign the Maxwell architecture for 28nm. Fast forward to the present day, and indeed, TSMC has proven unable to deliver on the 20nm production line needs that both NVIDIA and AMD have. Thus, the two video device makers have to use the same fabrication process they employed for the current-generation GPU collections. The two could have just delayed the products for another half a year or so, but they have been putting it off for long enough. Anyway, NVIDIA is expected to launch the Maxwell-based range of video cards before the end of next month. We wouldn't be surprised if we saw a GeForce GTX 800 GPU at the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, Germany.

Today, though, the GeForce GTX 870 and 880 based on the GM204 are not the ones on our mind. Instead, it is the GeForce GTX Titan II, powered by the fabled GM200. Until now, it was believed that the flagship GPU GM200 would be held in reserve until mid-2015 or so, with GeForce GTX 880 holding the fort in the meantime. According to Zauba.com, however, the GM200 has already been taped out, at least the early A1 revision GPUs and engineering samples. That means that the GeForce GTX Titan II, if it even ends up called that, could reach the market in the first half of 2015, earlier than the time that GM200 was pegged for. It depends on whether or not late winter holiday chip wafer yields are good enough.

Indeed, even if shipments only begin at some point in 2015, the GeForce GTX Titan II could be “launched” by this Christmas. It's probably make-believe, but stranger things have happened, like the coming into existence of chihuahuas. The GM200 will have a 512-bit memory interface and over 4,000 CUDA cores, but nothing else is known about it for now.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan II, presumably
Images credits to Guru3D

Corsair Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 RAM Launched [Video]

DDR4 random access memory (RAM) is superior to DDR3 in all ways by default, but Corsair decided that even an advanced, already mighty memory technology was not overpowered enough, so it took matters into its own hands.

We honestly saw this coming. After all, while DDR4 is pretty impressive at 2,133 MHz, that only applies when you compare it to normal, non-overclocked DDR3 modules. When it comes to tweaked RAM, though, 2,133 MHz kind of loses its allure in the face of DDR3 modules and kits pushed to 2,300- 2,800 MHz or higher. Even factoring in the ability of DDR4 to function on 1.2V instead of 1.65/1.5/1.35 V, it would still be an awkward comparison. Corsair has quite handily eliminated that awkwardness with the introduction of the Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory kits. Vengeance LPS modules have low-profile heatspreaders made of aluminum and colored red, white, blue, or black. They also boast eight-layer PCBs (printed circuit boards), which allow the heat generated to be low enough for said heatspreaders to handle on their lonesome.

The Dominator Platinum line is even more overkill, constructed out of hand-screen ICs (integrated circuits) and full-size black and white heatspreaders with colored “light pipes” that can be customized. You can even use the Corsair Link to monitor their temperature in real time. Other than the outer design, though, the Corsair Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 kits seem to offer the same things: 2,666 MHz, 2,800 MHz, and 3,000 MHz speeds at launch, as well as a broad capacity range. DDR4 supports quad-channel configurations, you see, but Corsair still wanted to offer something for people who don't plan to get more than two modules.

So, in addition to the 16 GB (4x 4 GB), 32 GB (4x 8 GB), and 64 GB (8x 8 GB) kits, there are Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 kits of 8 GB, composed of two 4 GB modules. Sales will start at the end of the month, which is when the prices will surface at last. DDR4 memory is not supported by many motherboards yet, but the new Haswell-E Core i7 Intel CPU line and the Haswell-EP Xeon series kind of made it necessary for such platforms to come out. So if you happen to be browsing and spot a motherboard designed around the X99 chipset, you're all set. In theory, DDR4 memory allows for 16 GB to be packed on a single module, but such products will only be launched in 2015. When that happens, you can be sure that Corsair will release 128 GB 8x 16 GB kits.

Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4

Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4
Images credits to Corsair

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