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Tired of Benchmarks? Here's the Dirt!
Industry Dirt will be exploring some of the more suspect rumors and happenings around our beloved technology firms. Today I take a look at some of the latest from AMD and Intel, and while Intel certainly is still controlling the industry, AMD looks like it could be in for a surprise quarter. Plus I explore the ramifications of Intel's latest "K" series of unlocked CPUs.
Falling and Rising...
AMD today has shifted "Vision" into high gear by announcing 130+ laptop design wins using two new platforms based on 45 nm processors and the 880G graphics chipset. AMD has also made huge strides as a company to get into a position to be profitable and have meaningful and competitive products in the face of a strong Intel.
Introduction and Hardware Overview
The world of mobile phones is constantly evolving. With the average contract commitment being 2 years, most smart phones are considered to be obsolete by the end of their initial contract. Today we look at another phone to further the continual upgrade cycle, the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon Wireless.
It Slices, It Dices...
PC Audio has certainly taken a major downturn in importance for the majority of users, but Asus is still fighting the good fight by offering an extensive selection of quality sound cards. Today we look at the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, and see what it can offer users willing to pay the steep price of entry into audiophile class PC audio.
This week we decided to take a break from the usual computer hardware reviews to evaluate a couple products for creative artists and graphics professionals from a well-known company called Wacom. Wacom was kind enough to send us two products from their line of digital art tablets that meet a wide range of free-hand artist's needs and desires. We received a medium-sized Intuos4 professional tablet and a Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet to review.
A GlobalFoundries Update
We spent some time recently with the team at GlobalFoundries to get an update on its status as an independent foundry company, its first and second customers, how the move to 32nm and 28nm is progressing and to speculate on what it means for the rest of the industry.
Introduction, AMD VISION technology update
AMD hosted a select group of technology reviewers Nov. 3 at their LoneStar campus in Austin, Texas, to brief them on their next generation of notebooks featuring their new VISION technology.
A Changing Audio Landscape
The thirst for High Definition content has now spread to audio on the PC. Asus is hoping to capitalize on this push by releasing a series of soundcards designed to be HDMI passthrough devices able to bitstream HD audio codecs such as TrueHD and DTS-HD. The HDAV 1.3 Slim is designed to be used in HTPCs of any size, and to be as transparent as possible to the user. Now... can Asus succeed there?
See you at QuakeCon 2009!
At this summer's Quakecon 2009 LAN party and enthusiast gaming expo, we are hosting our first PC Perspective Hardware Workshop! At the event we will have live demos of brand new gaming hardware, an overclocking demonstration, case mod contest finale and of course, we will be giving away lots and lots of prizes ($20,000 worth!!!). Come in and see when it is, where it is and how you can be involved!
ASUS usually has one of the larger display areas at Computex and this year was no exception. On hand they were displaying new Eee PC designs, motherboards coming later this year and some of the most innovative new graphics cards we have seen in a long time. Stop by and see what ASUS is cooking up for the rest of 2009 and 2010!
Asset Lite Strikes!
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the spun-off manufacturing arm of AMD, is aggressively pursuing new customers with promises of industry leading performance and efficiency as a startup in the foundry industry. We take a look at the technology and aims of this new giant, and see if they can in fact compete with the well respected and powerful TSMC.
Enjoying the Fruits of My Labor
When I first received my 30" Dell 3007WFP-HC, I was ecstatic about the image quality that this monitor produces. When it stopped working 5 days after I received it, I was not nearly so ecstatic about the support I have received about fixing my problem.
We needed this years ago
KVMs aren't usually a topic of conversation in these parts, but when a product makes me nearly weep with joy, I can't help but share it with the world. The new dual-link capable Belkin SOHO KVM is the answer to many user's PC habits!
No New Wires Networking
Powerline networking promised to bring you the speed and reliability of a hard wired network without having to run new wires throughout your entire home or business. Is this struggling technology finally worth a look for your needs?
Specifications and Design
CradlePoint is offering up a unique broadband router that supports cellular broadband cards as well as standard cable/DSL connections. You can use either USB or Express Card modems from Sprint, Verizon, ATT and others with this unique, business-oriented device.
Its not X86, but who cares?
NVIDIA is releasing its new "system on a chip" product which promises to bring industry leading visual performance to handheld and mobile internet devices. Utilizing an Arm 11 processor to power the chip, NVIDIA has added a fully functional graphics part with 3D and video encode/decode functionality. The combination is one that NVIDIA hopes will lead the mobile revolution once 3G hits the streets en masse.
Introduction and Features
Asus' Xonar line of audio cards has been available for a while now, but recently has seen some expansion into external and PCI Express formats. Come in and see how the Xonar line compares to the top-dog Creative X-Fi.
PCMark Vantage Overview
The PCMark suite of benchmarks has become a staple in our selection of tests for processors, motherboards as well as other PC components and the Futuremark group has just released the first major update to it since the release of PCMark05. Come see how the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD stack up in this new benchmark!
The newest iteration of BigFoot Networks' Killer NIC card is the K1. It offers the same gaming network performance enhancements as well as support for the intriguing FNApps feature. But is the price low enough for gamers to upgrade to this new network card?
The OCZ Equalizer Mice
The OCZ Equalizer mouse attempts to gain an edge for enthusiasts with super high laser resolutions and a new 'triple threat' button that fires three times with one click!