Overclocking AMDís A8-3850 Llano APU

By: ctal
July 12th, 2011
6:22 pm

Overclocking AMDís A8-3850 Llano APU

Overclocking takes an already strong integrated graphics platform and makes it even better. The gains are very real and palpable.... It clocked farther and gained more benchmark and gaming performance than expected, which is always a good thing.

http://www.overclockers.com/overcloc...mds-llano-apu/

And some user comments on this AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), combining a quad-core CPU and integrated GPU (click the "feedback" tab):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...42&Tpk=a8-3850

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Intel Pentium G850, Pentium G840 and Pentium G620 Review

By: ctal
June 26th, 2011
5:05 pm

Intel Pentium G850, Pentium G840 and Pentium G620 Review

Intel is now offering dual-core Sandy Bridge processors under Pentium brand. They lower the price for the “LGA1155 Club” membership quite noticeably, because they are selling for less than $100 a piece. Does it mean that the new Pentium processors may become a new perfect combination of performance and price? Let’s find out!
Review here

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Breakthrough toward a new breed of computing

By: zapionics<alt>
June 23rd, 2011
4:51 am

Breakthrough toward a new breed of computing

Physicists at the University of Arizona have achieved a breakthrough toward the development of a new breed of computing devices that can process data using less power...

"Spintronics has the potential to overcome several shortcomings of conventional, charge-based computing"...

Current microprocessors digitize information into bits, or "zeroes" and "ones," determined by the absence or presence of electric charges.... In spintronics, only the orientation of an electron's magnetic spin determines whether it counts as a zero or a one...

Story here

Amazing stuff happening!

Spintronics could be a stepping stone for quantum computing, in which an electron not only encodes zero or one, but many intermediate states simultaneously

Say what?? wow! Seriously.

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US funds secret 'internet in a suitcase'

By: zapionics<alt>
June 12th, 2011
6:53 pm

US funds secret 'internet in a suitcase'

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy "shadow" internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments ...
The U.S. effort, revealed in dozens of interviews, planning documents and classified diplomatic cables obtained by The New York Times, ranges in scale, cost and sophistication...
It has brought together an improbable alliance of diplomats and military engineers, young programmers and dissidents from at least a dozen countries...

Story here

Wow, and I remember when the Internet was just for fun...

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The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup

By: ctal
June 7th, 2011
12:06 pm

The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup

Seeing a bunch of scores for 240GB+ drives is frustrating to all involved. At these capacities you're almost always looking at two die per NAND device, which has significant performance benefits due to interleaving. Not only are 240GB+ drives the best case performance you'd see from a particular SSD, they are also very expensive. At around $2/GB you're looking at over $500 for a high end 240GB+ SSD. I've spent the past few weeks gathering modern SSDs with 128GB of NAND on-board to provide a look at a more balanced point in the price/capacity spectrum.
AnandTech - The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup: 120GB Agility 3, Intel 510 and More Compared

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AMD FX-Series Top-of-the-Range Microprocessor to Cost $320 - Report

By: ctal
May 23rd, 2011
4:19 pm

AMD FX-Series Top-of-the-Range Microprocessor to Cost $320 - Report

Even though Advanced Micro Devices' next-generation FX-series microprocessors code-named Zambezi and powered by Bulldozer micro-architecture are projected to bring the company back onto the market of high-performance desktop microprocessors, the new chips will be relatively affordable. For example, the highest-performing model will cost $320, according to a media report.
AMD FX-Series Top-of-the-Range Microprocessor to Cost $320 - Report

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Intel to Use Tri-Gate Transistors with 22nm Process Technology

By: ctal
May 9th, 2011
8:00 am

Intel to Use Tri-Gate Transistors with 22nm Process Technology

Intel Corp. said on Wednesday (May 4, 2011) that its 22nm technology will employ triple-gate (Tri-Gate) transistors. The three-dimensional Tri-Gate transistors represent a fundamental departure from the two-dimensional planar transistor structure that has powered all chips for decades. Other makers of chips, including Intel's arch-rival AMD/Globalfoundries will also eventually start to use 3D transistors.

"Intel's scientists and engineers have once again reinvented the transistor, this time utilizing the third dimension. Amazing, world-shaping devices will be created from this capability as we advance Moore's Law into new realms," said Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel.
Intel to Use Tri-Gate Transistors with 22nm Process Technology

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Beginnerís Guide to Water Cooling Your PC

By: ctal
May 1st, 2011
5:49 pm

Beginnerís Guide to Water Cooling Your PC

First and foremost, why on earth would someone put water in their computer?! Well, there are several very good reasons. It can result in better temperatures, higher overclocks, a quieter running system and it can just plain look good.

Whatever your motivation, water cooling can accomplish all of those and then some. Before you jump into this facet of our hobby, itís always best to plan your water loop from start to finish; from the ground up ....
Beginnerís Guide to Water Cooling Your PC

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How to See the Secret Tracking Data in Your iPhone

By: ctal
April 24th, 2011
5:18 pm

How to See the Secret Tracking Data in Your iPhone

Your iPhone is tracking your every move.... Coverage of the iPhone tracking "feature" has ranged from concern to outrage.... We take a look and tell you what you can do about it.
How to See the Secret Tracking Data in Your iPhone

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Microsoft Readies Patch Tuesday Deluge

By: ctal
April 9th, 2011
10:52 am

Microsoft Readies Patch Tuesday Deluge

Microsoft's record-setting security update next week (April 12, 2011) may patch a large number of vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel, researchers said today.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that next week's monthly security update will feature a record-tying 17 bulletins that patch a record 64 vulnerabilities, 15 more than the previous largest-ever set in October 2010....
Microsoft Readies Patch Tuesday Deluge

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