SSD's getting cheaper at the cost of more expensive HDDs

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2010 - 12:36 PM |
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According to the numbers that DigiTimes is seeing, the drop in costs for SSDs are having an effect on the price of HDDs but don't expect to see the price per gigabyte get all that close.  We've seen price cuts from Intel and Adata is also going that route and you can expect the introduction of 20nm flash chips to also help drop the cost of SSDs over the coming year.  On the flip side it looks like large capacity HDDs are going to go up a little bit while the new flash is being rolled out.

Source: Digitimes

A sneak peek at Sandy Bridge

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 12:54 PM |
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The Tech Report has some nice pictures of the next generation of motherboards for Intel processors, aka Sandy Bridge or the 6 series.  They've a few examples from ASUS although not the full lineup of 17 motherboards. One of the most unique of the bunch is the Sabertooth P67 which has a Tactical Jacket, a plastic piece covering the entire motherboard except for slots, which is supposed to direct airflow over various onboard components.

"G2" (SandForce-1200) 64GB SSD $99 at Microcenter B&M or $105 shipped

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 12:36 PM |
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Allyn just had to pass on an amazing deal for an Sandforce based 64GB Micro Center SSD.  Sure you might not recognize the MicroCentre brand, but what really counts is the controller, the same one found in the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD who's specs are in the SSD Decoder Ring.

At $99 plus shipping it is a great deal.

If you haven't noticed our forum restructure yet ...

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 06:28 PM |
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If you haven't been spending much time browsing through the forums, you might not have noticed that a lot of the smaller sub-forums have been rolled up into large, more active forums.  Whereas once we had segregated Motherboards not only into Intel versus AMD but also they were broken down by manufacturer they are now all together in one monster sized forum.  That means you can benefit from the multitude of eyes that will see your question, as all of our motherboard gurus are on the s

Patriot's new Inferno SSD burns through benchmarks

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 01:23 PM |
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Patriot's new SF-1222TA3-SBH based Inferno 120GB SSD features
Sandforce's DuraClass technology, meaning that it has a number of features designed to extend the life of the drive as well as prevent dips in speed due to the collection of garbage sectors over time and other neat tricks like real-time loss-less compression.  In Th

Some fun for AMD-centric hardware programmers

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 12:09 PM |
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If you have fond memories of flashing custom BIOSes that made hidden features accessible for you to tweak with then this story at Slashdot is going to excite you.  It seems a hardware hacker has posted documentation on a way to enable a debug mode in AMD processors.  If you are more into enabling cores via ACC then this might not be your cup of silicon tea but for many the idea of getting up close and personal with AMD's registers makes them a little hot. 

Source: Slashdot

FinalWire Announces AIDA64 v1.20

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2010 - 07:41 PM |
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BUDAPEST, Hungary - November 11, 2010 - FinalWire Ltd.

Source: Email

ARM outs their GPGPU

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2010 - 02:45 PM |
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While most eyes have been on AMD and their first APU, Zacate; ARM has revealed the new Mali T-604 OpenCL GPU.  Their choice of OpenCL over CUDA speaks to ARMs long history of supporting open standards, something that OpenCL is while nVIDIA's solution is at least for now considered proprietary.  They've also chosen a very different route, siting memory bandwidth limitations as a reason for eschewing textures in favour of directly computing screen data. 

Source: The Inquirer

Shush! I can't hear myself type

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:58 PM |
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Mechanical switch keyboards, the most famous being the IBM Model M with buckling spring keys will cause a reaction, for some it is a lovely sound but for most it is an incredible annoyance ... especially if the Model M user is a touch typist.

Guess how much Battlefield Play4Free costs

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:44 PM |
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EA is expanding their Battlefield series again, with a free to play mashed up game with BF2 maps and BF Bad Company 2 classes.  We will see it hit the web next spring expect for those who are signed up and will be accepted to the closed beta.  This is not the first free Battlefield game, though the implication is that this will be a more serious game than Battlefield Heros.  It may also bring back some old players of the Battlefield series upset with the release of BF: Vietnam, BF2 and BF2142 in such quick succession.