Author:
Subject: Editorial, Mobile
Manufacturer: Qualcomm

Meet Vellamo

With Google reporting daily Android device activations upward of 550,000 devices a day, the rapid growth and ubiqutity of the platform cannot be denied. As the platform has grown, we here at PC Perspective have constantly kept our eye out for ways to assess and compare the performance of different devices running the same mobile operating systems. In the past we have done performance testing with applications such as Quadrant and Linpack, and GPU testing with NenaMark and Qualcomm's NeoCore product.

Today we are taking a look at a new mobile benchmark from Qualcomm, named Vellamo. Qualcomm has seen the need for an agnostic browser benchmark on Android, and so came Vellamo. A video introduction from Qualcomm's Director of Product Management, Sy Choudhury, is below.

 

With the default configuration, Vellamo performs a battery of 14 tests. These tests are catagorized into Rendering, Javascript, User Experience, Networking, and Advanced. 

For more on this benchmark and our results from 10 different Android-power devices, keep reading!

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD

The Dirty Laggard

 

It may seem odd, but sometimes reviewers are some of the last folks to implement new technology.  This has been the case for myself many a time.  Yes, we get some of the latest and greatest components, but often we review them and then keep them on the shelf for comparative purposes, all the while our personal systems run last generation parts that we will not need to re-integrate into a test rig ever again.  Or in other cases, big money parts, like the one 30” 2560x1600 LCD that I own, are always being utilized on the testbed and never actually being used for things like browsing, gaming, or other personal activities.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not a “woe-is-me” rant about the hardships of being a reviewer, but rather just an interesting side effect not often attributed to folks who do this type of work.  Yes, we get the latest to play with and review, but we don’t often actually use these new parts in our everyday lives.

One of the technologies that I had only ever seen at trade shows is that of Eyefinity.  It was released back in the Fall of 2009, and really gained some momentum in 2010.  Initially it was incompatible with Crossfire technology, which limited it to a great degree.  A single HD 5970 card could push 3 x 1920x1080 monitors in most games, but usually only with details turned down and no AA enabled.  Once AMD worked a bit more on the drivers were we able to see Crossfire setups working in Eyefinity, which allowed users to play games at higher fidelity with the other little niceties enabled.  The release of the HD 6900 series of cards also proved to be a boon to Eyefinity, as these new chips had much better scaling in Crossfire performance, plus were also significantly faster than the earlier HD 5800 series at those price points.

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Continue on to the rest of the story for more on my experiences with AMD Eyefinity.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged: podcast

Episode #150 is ready!

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This week we talk about the MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard, ASUS N53S Notebook, IE10 running on NVIDIA Tegra, Viewer Voicemails, Questions, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more!

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PC Perspective Podcast #150 - 4/14/11  

This week we talk about the MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard, ASUS N53S Notebook, IE10 running on NVIDIA Tegra, Viewer Voicemails, Questions, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more! 

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Hosts:  Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their new  Sandy Bridge motherboards! 

Program length: 1:25:30                                            

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PC Perspective Podcast #149 - 4/07/11  

This week we talk about the Thermaltake Level 10 GT case, AMD shipping Llano, the Intel 320 SSD, Radeon HD 6790, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more! 

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Hosts:  Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their Big Bang XPower Motherboard 

Program length: 1:14:22                                            

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PC Perspective Podcast #148 - 3/31/11  

This week we answer a variety of questions from the TWiT Live chat room!

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Hosts:  Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom and featuring Burke McQuinn

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their Big Bang XPower Motherboard 

Program length: 1:02:12                                            

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     Due to some technical difficulties involving a certain ISP in Canada, this week's podcast turned into an impromptu Question and Answer session involving the TWiT Live chatroom. While this is different than our usual format, it turned out to be an informative, and entertaining to say the least, podcast.

 

 

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PC Perspective Podcast #147 - 3/24/11  

This week we talk about Overclocking the HD6990, the MSI HS6950 Twin Frozr II, PCMark 7, Viewer Voicemails and Emails, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more! 

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Program length: 1:13:19                                            

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PC Perspective Podcast #146 - 3/17/11  

This week we talk about the NVIDIA GTX 550Ti, Lucid Hydra Performance testing, OCZ acquiring Indilinx, a Dual GTX 460 card, Hardware/Software Pics of the Week and much more! 

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Program length: 1:14:18                                                  

Program schedule:

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Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Don't get too enamoured with your fancy, long term plans...

Process technology is hard. It only seems like Intel can get it right, and it can only do it right because it has more money and more Fab space than anyone else in the world. For guys like AMD and NVIDIA, they are at the mercy of lower funded 3rd party Fabs who struggle to keep up with the giant. Sometimes their delays hit the bottom lines of their customers... like what is happening today.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: BFG Tech
Tagged:

Looking Pretty Spry... Considering it was Stillborn

Rumors of BFG Tech attempting to move over to AMD production after an apparent split with NVIDIA have been swirling for months now. Today, we received proof that this partnership almost sprang wings. Come see the first pictures of the BFG Tech Radeon HD 5750, may it rest in peace.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD
Tagged:

When is a Profit not a Profit?

AMD recently released their quarterly financial reports, and things were pretty stellar for the company as compared to previous performances. Questions were raised though about their competitiveness in the CPU market with Intel starting to churn out significant numbers of 32 nm parts. We look at their past performance, their current standing, and where they sit when looking towards the future.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Tagged:

About... Damn... Time

AMD has had a stranglehold on the DX11 market, but with Fermi NVIDIA has seemingly loosened the grip. Today's Dirt takes a look at what prices have done for the past 9 months, and what kind of chain reaction we expect to see this month.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD
Tagged:

A Summer Cruise Through Shaded and Tessellated Waters

The summer is about to heat up again in the graphics world, and we are taking the first step in letting you know where it is all heading. NVIDIA and AMD are both preparing major products, and we take a look behind the curtain as to why the GF100 is such a hot and hungry beast, and why the GF104 could be this generation's G92. Plus a quick look at what kind of changes to expect from AMD's Southern Islands.

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Introduction to AV Receivers

In Part 2 of our Building a Home Theater series we will introduce you to the all-important AV Receiver (including how to assemble your own high-power receiver), and look at some of the various source components that feed signals into the AVR.Welcome to Part 2 in our series: Building a Home Theater!  In this segment we will introduce you to the all-important AV Receiver (including how to build your own high-end/high-power receiver from off the shelf components), and look at some of the various source components (DVD players, etc) that feed signals into the AVR.

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Introduction

In Part 1 of our new Building a Home Theater series, we will introduce you to the basics of Home Theater and take a detailed look at some fundamental design goals, room layouts, and component placement options.

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: Belkin
Tagged:

Survive and thrive

When disaster strikes, will you rise to the occasion? PC Perspective gives you this (questionably) insightful guide into surviving a snowed-in car, while still maintaining your ability to work or play with your gear.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Tagged:

Not Dead, but Certainly not Thriving

NVIDIA chipsets for the AMD market have not been significantly upgraded for the past year+, and even their "latest" 980a product is a rebranded 780a from last year. I dug around to see if NVIDIA was in fact abandoning the AMD platform, and SLI for the latest Phenom II along with it.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD
Tagged:

AMD Q4 2007 Analysis, Page One

We take apart AMD's Q4 financial results and see what the company has in store for 2008. Not only do we look at how AMD almost broke even this quarter but also how their future product plans will affect the company.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: AMD
Tagged:

The Lovefest that is AMD Marketing

Curious as to how a company that merges CPU and GPU teams can cope with internal struggles and tactics for product positioning? Nah, us either, but this article is interesting none the less!

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Not going to happen

id Software and Epic Games have both declared PC gaming second rate, if not dead altogether. I happen to know why they are both dead wrong.

Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Their Story

A happy day at PCPerspective.com! Please join us as we congratulate Kelly and Ryan on their marriage and wish them the very best as they continue their life long journey together.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

Welcome to PC Perspective

Interested in learning all about the new PC Perspective? This is where you need to start.

Author:
Subject: Editorial
Manufacturer: General
Tagged:

What have we come to...

Editorial: Online Media Morals