September 8th, 2011
... According to a document with Intel's performance estimates of the Core i7-3960X processor (six cores, 3.30GHz, 15MB cache) seen by X-bit labs, the forthcoming chip for the LGA2011 platform is clearly faster than its predecessor Core i7-990X (six cores, 3.46GHz, 12MB cache) across a range of benchmarks despite of lower clock-speed amid the same amount of cores due to advantages of the Sandy Bridge micro-architecture over Nehalem/Westmere micro-architecture, quad-channel memory controller and other innovations.
August 24th, 2011
Tech industry legend and one of the finest creative minds of a generation has resigned as CEO from Apple.
August 22nd, 2011
A small number of users are unable to install Microsoft Office due to a persistent .NET Framework 4 corruption issue in Windows 7. It is unclear exactly how many users are affected.... Microsoft has known about this problem for over a year and has thus far been unable to fix it.... The only solution at this point is a clean install of Windows. In some cases repair installations and other tricks will not solve the underlying problem.... The problem makes users unable to install Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Office.... The problem affects users with a variety of hardware configurations (HP, Dell, Apple, etc.) and a variety of operating system versions (from Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit to my own Windows 7 Professional 64-bit).
August 8th, 2011
Miniaturization of computer systems is a very popular tendency. It is now settling in the desktop segment, where Mini-ITX platforms become more and more popular. We decided to check out all Intel H67 Express based Mini-ITX mainboards available in today’s market for Sandy Bridge processors.... Mini-ITX form-factor is no longer associated with limited functionality or low performance. All platforms we have just discussed in our roundup are good choices for a performance system. They all support contemporary high-speed Sandy Bridge processors, fully-functional graphics cards and popular interfaces.
July 25th, 2011
The new Mac mini models provide a great leap in processor performance over the previous generation.... Graphics test results were a bit surprising, however. The 2.3GHz Core i5 Mac mini, with its integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000, wasn’t as fast as the older 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini and its integrated GeForce 320M graphics. The older mini was able to display 42 percent more frames per second in Call of Duty and 7.5 percent more frames per second in Cinebench OpenGL test. The 2.5GHz Core i5 Mac mini, with its discrete AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics, showed a vast improvement; compared to the old 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini, it was able to display nearly twice as many frames per second in Cinebench’s OpenGL test, and 53 percent more frames per second in our Call of Duty tests.
Among many other applications, the Mac Mini has been extremely popular for use as a music server, in high quality audio systems.
July 12th, 2011
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.
And some user comments on this AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), combining a quad-core CPU and integrated GPU (click the "feedback" tab):
June 26th, 2011
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!
June 23rd, 2011
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...
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.
June 12th, 2011
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...
Wow, and I remember when the Internet was just for fun...
June 7th, 2011
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.