Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Handmade cabling or factory made? It is a question that can bring up technical terms that sound more at home on the Enterprise than they do in a server room, such as standing harmonic waves, and the loudest proponents of factory cabling are likely to have cut their teeth on coaxial thicknet ethernet cables. Slashdot is having it out here; the EEs and cabling guys are not getting along too well which makes for a more lively conversation. Jump in if you have an opinion, otherwise keep cutting
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Be afraid, be very afraid. Where once you were safe listening to our podcasts in audio forum only, our websites mad mastermind has decided to get together with TWiT.TV to provide a video accompaniment to the 'cast. This also means the podcast is now recorded live, which can always add depth to performance. You will need to wait until next Wednesday to see Josh, Al, Ryan and the wonderful Colleen, and even longer to see myself, but until the
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has pegged the MSRP for the upcoming OCZ Z-Drive, that array of SSDs in a PCI-E 4x slot. The 250GB version will be 950BP, say $1400USD, for ony $2150 you can double that storage, but of you want the big 1TbB model, you'd better have over $3300 kicking around. To full enjoy the extra bandwidth, you should also pick up a regular SSD for your OS drive. Not only will that help the transfer rates on your swap file and OS, there are not too many motherboards out there with a boot from PCI-E option.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new naming scheme and a new bunch of cores will be hitting in the beginning of 2010, such as the Magny-Cours which will sport a dozen cores. You will be waiting until 2011 to see the 32nm Bulldozer core and it's 16 cores or the 32nm Valencia processors with 6-8 cores. Drop by The Tech Report for a look at the slides AMD has been showing off.
Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2009 - 06:02 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD has announced their Q1 2009 results, and it was not nearly as bad as what the street was expecting. Analysts expected revenues around $977.8 million, but actual revenues came out at $1.177 billion. AMD still posted a significant loss for the quarter, but this is not a surprise. Losses were pegged at around $416 million. Due to tough economic conditions, and a large volume of inventory that was brought over from the traditionally strong Q4 of last year, AMD took some big hits due to factory under-utilization. AMD has been working hard internally to decrease spe
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Raptor Gaming K1 Keyboard doesn't seem to be for sale at any major online retailers, but it might be worth hunting down if you love keyboards with extras. In this case it is key locks, which can be used to prevent a key, say the Windows key, from being able to be depressed. This is a slightly more elegant solution than forcibly removing it with a screwdriver. It also comes with eight "afterglow" buttons, slightly higher than regular keys and with a glow in the dark top so you can find them if you like gaming in the dark.
Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 02:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh has been spending a lot of time thinking about the Core i5 and the choice needed to be made by Intel about Penryn and Nehalem. You can pick up a lot of good info on Nehalem, like how the 16 PCI Express lanes that are integrated into the chip and the proper usage of dual channel memory. The bad news from his prediction is that we won't be seeing these new parts for longer than was originally thought, in part because the Penryn is just too successful. Read on at the top of the page to see the rest of his arguments.