Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2013 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an desktop that you can just plug in and start working or playing you could do worse than the Dell Optiplix 7010. Included in the deal is a Core i7-3770, a 1GB Radeon HD 7470, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 500GB SATA III HDD. The machine has Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installed and comes with a 3year warranty.
- Dell Optiplex 7010 Core i7 Quad-core Mini Tower for $749.00 with free shipping(normally $1,288.14).
- AOC Q2963PM 29" IPS-Panel LED-Backlight LCD Monitor w/ 2560x1080 Resolution for $379.99 with Free Shipping (normally $549.99 - use coupon code: EMCYTZT4877).
- MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card + Free PC Game for $79.99 with Free Shipping (normally $109.99).
- Seagate BlackArmor 220 2-Bay 6TB (2 x 3 TB) NAS for $324.00 (normally $599.00 - use coupon code: DIG5).
- Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade (Download) for $78.98 with free shipping (normally $199.99).
- Today Only! Seiki SE39UY04 39" 2160p 4K LED HDTV for $493.99(normally $699.99 - use coupon code: NFF106630).
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2013 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Xeon Phi, knights landing, Intel, 14nm
Intel has been talking up the Xeon Phi, first of the Knight's Landing chips which shall arrive in the not too distant future. This new architecture is touted to bring a return of homogeneous systems architecture which will perform parallel processing on its many cores, currently 61 is the number being tossed around, at a level of performance that will exceed the GPU accelerated heterogeneous architecture being pushed by AMD and NVIDIA. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen but many server builders may prefer the familiar CPU only architecture and as at least some of the Phi's will be available in rack mounted form and not just addin cards they may choose Intel out of habit. You can also read about Micron's Automata Processor which The Register reports can outperform a 48-chip cluster of Intel Xeon 5650s in certain scenarios.
"From Intel's point of view, today's hottest trend in high-performance computing – GPU acceleration – is just a phase, one that will be superseded by the advent of many-core CPUs, beginning with Chipzilla's next-generation Xeon Phi, codenamed "Knights Landing"."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD makes more profit than Sony on the PS4 @ The Inquirer
- Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight @ The Register
- Who wants 10TB of FREE cloud storage? Hands down if China is a deal breaker? @ The Register
- Benchmarking Amazon's New EC2 "C3" Instance Types @ Phoronix
- What took you 2 years? LSI finally rolls out next-gen SandForce kit @ The Register
- Beginners Guide: How To Install / Remove an Intel Socket LGA2011 CPU @ PCSTATS
- Hardware.Info UK Awards 2013: vote and win a Zotac GeForce GTX 780 AMP! Edition
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2013 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: foxconn, apple, iphone 5c, iphone 5s
It would seem that the lower priced iPhone 5c is not very popular with Apple fans as the 5s model has sold twice as many units. This has required some changes be made to production lines at Foxconn and Pegatron as Apple's sales estimates of the two models were way off. Until the lines can be retooled to ramp up production of the more expensive model you can expect to wait a bit for your shiny new iThang to arrive. DigiTimes doesn't mention what will happen to existing supplies of 5c's, they may simply age in a warehouse until someone is willing to pay full price for one.
"Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn is shutting down production of the iPhone 5c in one of its factories in order to shift production to the higher-end iPhone 5s, sources claim."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Blackberry shows off its Porsche designed Z10 smartphone @ The Inquirer
- How Perl and R Reveal the United States' Isolation In the TPP Negotiations @ Slashdot
- Salvaging Gold From Old Electronics @ Hack a Day
- Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink @ PCSTATS
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2013 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell have incorporated a Gorilla Glass touchscreen into their newest Inspiron 17 laptop to help you use Win 8.1. The interior remains similar to previous models, a dual core i5-4200U, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB HDD, the price increase is mostly due to the touchscreen. The aluminium chassis will help it survive the inevitable bruising it will take during your travels and the 7lb weight should be easy on your shoulder.
- Dell Inspiron 17 (7000 Series) 17.3" 4th-gen Intel Core i5 Touch Laptop for $849.99 with free shipping(normally $899.99).
- Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset (PC/Xbox 360) for $54.99 with Free Shipping (normally $59.99).
- Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard for $39.99 with Free Shipping (normally $59.99).
- Bose IE2 Audio Headphones for $99.95 (normally $129.95).
- Totes Whistle Key Finder for $10.00 with free shipping (normally $20.00).
- LG 60PN5300 60" 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV for $709.99(normally $999.99).
Subject: General Tech, Processors, Storage | November 19, 2013 - 01:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: i7-4770k, gold box, deals, amazon, 530 series
I don't often post about the Amazon Gold Box deals, but today the company has some great offerings specific to PC enthusiasts and DIY builders that you might want to take advantage of. Please keep in mind though that these deals are only good today, November 19th!!
The flagship offering is the Intel Core i7-4770K, the company's highest end LGA1150 Haswell processor, is on sale for $299; $60 off the normal MSRP. That is the best price I have seen on that flagship CPU with the exception of in-store offerings from MicroCenters.
For those of you on a tighter budget, Amazon has the Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge processor on sale for $199.
Another great price can be had on the Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD that is going for $149; well under the MSRP price.
Here are some other interesting deals, all found on the Gold Box deal page:
- Kingston HyperX 8GB kit DDR3-1600 for $64
- Corsair H90 cooler for $69
- Corsair AX760i power supply for $149
- Corsair Obsidian 900D Super Tower case for $289
- Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIE Sound Card for $59
- Corsair K50 Gaming Keyboard for $79
- Corsair M65 Gaming Mouse for $49
- Kingston HyperX Steel Series Siberia V2 Gaming Headset for $64
And just remember: these deals are only good today, November 19th!!
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | November 19, 2013 - 11:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: typeguard, synaptics, clickpad 2.0, clickpad
Human interface solutions developer Synaptics, makers of touchpads, touchscreens and touch interpretation software, are showcasing a pair of new technologies today that will be included in upcoming notebooks and Ultrabooks this holiday. ClickPad 2.0 improves the company's design and mechanical implementation on the first iterations of ClickPad while TypeGuard aims to improve recognition of false input from users to improve performance and experience. Even better, this combination has been recognized as a CES Innovation 2104 Design and Engineering Award honoree.
In 2010 Synaptics released the ClickPad, a solution for hardware vendors that included the design and manufacture of the entire touchpad solution. This was a shift for the company that had previously done product licensing and custom solutions for specific vendors. There were some issues with the technology in its 1.0 and 1.5 iterations that prevented users from clicking near the top of the touchpad, for example, as well as the new wrinkle of Windows 8 gestures that weren't implemented perfectly.
With ClickPad 2.0, Synaptics claims to have addressed all of these issues including top and corner clicking capability as well making the feel of the click consistent no matter where the user might push down on the pad. Window 8 gestures can now be support by a separate, but integrated, side-pad integration option. The sides of the touch pad would be textured differently and only function as gesture controls, leaving the entirety of the touchpad face for primary input functionality.
TypeGuard is a set of software algorithms that improves false inputs that might occur during use of a laptop. Palm rejection while typing is one of the biggest annoyances for users that are frequently writing on their notebooks and with TypeGuard Synaptics claims to nearly completely remove false cursor movements, taps and scrolls.
As touchpads become larger, palm contact is going to be much more likely on notebooks and preventing these kinds of accidental inputs is going to be crucial to providing a good experience for the consumer. Apple has long been considered the leader in this area (and with touchpads in general) but Synaptics believes it has matched them with this combination of ClickPad 2.0 and TypeGuard. Doing its own in-house studies has revealed a 73% decrease in false movements but we will obviously need our own hands on time with an integrated product to see how it acts over extended use.
The good news is that might be pretty soon. The HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook actually implements both of these technologies and is available for preorder in various locations.
HP will be offering this machine for $999 with a 128GB SSD, 4GB of memory, Intel Haswell processors and Windows 8.1. I am hoping to get one of these units in for a review and to use it to evaluate the strong claims that Synaptics is making about its new touch technologies.
As a frequent user of Apple portable devices, the touch experience on them has always exceeded that of the Windows environment and I'm hopeful that we can finally level the playing field.
See the full CES Innovation award press release after the break!
Does downloading make a difference?
I posted a story earlier this week that looked at the performance of the new PS4 when used with three different 2.5-in storage options: the stock 500GB hard drive, a 1TB hybrid SSHD and a 240GB SSD. The results were fairly interesting (and got a good bit of attention) but some readers wanted more data. In particular, many asked how things might change if you went the full digital route and purchased games straight from the Sony's PlayStation Network. I also will compare boot times for each of the tested storage devices.
You should definitely check out the previous article if you missed it. It not only goes through the performance comparison but also details how to change the hard drive on the PS4 from the physical procedure to the software steps necessary. The article also details the options we selected for our benchmarking.
- HGST 500GB 5400 RPM HDD - $50 - $0.10/GB
- Seagate 1TB Hybrid SSHD - $122 - $0.12/GB
- Corsair 240GB Force GS SSD - $189 - $0.78/GB
Today I purchased a copy of Assassin's Creed IV from the PSN store (you're welcome Ubisoft) and got to testing. The process was the same: start the game then load the first save spot. Again, each test was run three times and the averages were reported. The PS4 was restarted between each run.
The top section of results is the same that was presented earlier - average load times for AC IV when the game is installed from the Blu-ray. The second set is new and includes average load times fro AC IV after the installation from the PlayStation Network; no disc was in the drive during testing.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 18, 2013 - 03:33 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: tesla, nvidia, K40, GK110b
The Tesla K20X ruled NVIDIA's headless GPU portfolio for quite some time now. The part is based on the GK110 chip with 192 shader cores disabled, like the GeForce Titan, and achieved 3.9 TeraFLOPs of compute performance (1.31 TeraFLOPs in double precision). Also, like the Titan, the K20X offers 6GB of memory.
The Tesla K40X
So the layout was basically the following: GK104 ruled the gamer market except for the, in hindsight, oddly-positioned GeForce Titan which was basically a Tesla K20X without a few features like error correction (ECC). The Quadro K6000 was the only card to utilize all 2880 CUDA cores.
Then, at the recent G-Sync event, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the GeForce GTX 780Ti. This card uses the GK110b processor and incorporates all 2880 CUDA cores albeit with reduced double-precision performance (for the 780 Ti, not for GK110b in general). So now we have Quadro and GeForce with the full power Kepler, your move Tesla.
And they did, the Tesla K40 launched this morning and it brought more than just cores.
A brief overview
The GeForce launch was famous for its inclusion of GPU Boost, a feature absent in the Tesla line. It turns out that NVIDIA was paying attention to the feature but wanted to include it in a way that suited data centers. GeForce cards boost based on the status of the card, its temperature or its power draw. This is apparently unsuitable for data centers because they would like every unit operating at a very similar performance. The Tesla K40 has a base clock of 745 MHz but gives the data center two boost clocks that they can manually set: 810 MHz and 875 MHz.
Relative performance benchmarks
The Tesla K40 also doubles the amount of RAM to 12GB. Of course this allows for the GPU to work on larger data sets without streaming in the computation from system memory or worse.
There is currently no public information on pricing for the Tesla K40 but it is available starting today. What we do know are the launch OEM partners: ASUS, Bull, Cray, Dell, Eurotech, HP, IBM, Inspur, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro, and Tyan.
If you are interested in testing out a K40, NVIDIA has remotely hosted clusters that your company can sign up for at the GPU Test Drive website.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2013 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: battlefield 4, win 8.1
One of the more interesting results from [H]ard|OCP's testing with Battlefield 4 was the RAM usage they observed, cards with 3GB or more of VRAM used 2.25GB of RAM at most points, cards with less topped out at 1.75GB of usage. This proved that some of the performance anomalies they saw from NVIDIA cards was not necessarily a VRAM issue. The R9 290X took top spot but even the 270X and GTX760 could manage Ultra settings at 1080p so almost anyone with a modern card should be able to enjoy all of the eye candy in BF4. Check out the exact results in their full review.
"Battlefield 4 is this holiday season's blockbuster from the Battlefield series. It features the brand new Frostbite 3 game engine which provides a higher level of realism in the game. We strap 8 video cards to the test bench to see what kind of gameplay experience is delivered under Windows 8.1."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI R9 270X Gaming @ LanOC Reviews
- 8-Way AMD Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Ubuntu GPU Benchmarks @ Phoronix
- GIGABYTE R9 280X OC Edition @ [H]ard|OCP
- PowerColor Devil R9 270X Review @ OCC
- ASUS AMD Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2GB @ eTeknix
- MSI R9 270 Gaming 2GB @ Custom PC Review
- MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming OC and Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 OC Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- AMD Radeon R9 270 @ Hardware.info
- AMD's Radeon R9 270 graphics card reviewed, new bundles exposed @ The Tech Report
- AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Asus R9 270 Direct CU II OC @ Kitguru
- Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 @ Kitguru
- EVGA GTX 780 Ti SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooler 3 GB @ techPowerUp
- HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X2 2GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
- Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 280X Toxic Edition 3GB @ eTeknix
- XFX R9 280X Double Dissipation Black Edition OC 3GB @ eTeknix
- HIS R9 280X IceQX2 Turbo @ Bjorn3D
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edition @ Legion Hardware
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 On Linux @ Phoronix
- Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC & Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition @ Techspot
- GeForce GTX 780 Ti vs. Radeon R9 290X 4K Gaming @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2013 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an inexpensive machine in the form factor Win8 was intended for then today's deal is worth thinking about. The Dell Inspiron 11 is 1" thick and has an 11.6" touchscreen for to help you interface with Win8.1; along with keyboard and touchpad. Inside a dual core Celeron 2955U handles both processing and graphics, along with 2GB RAM and a 500GB 5400RPM HDD. If portability and price are more important to you than performance this is a great deal.
- Dell Inspiron 11 (3000 series) 11.6" Dual-core Touch Laptop + Touchpad for $394.99 with free shipping(normally $469.88).
- Dell P2714H 27" 1080p IPS Anti-glare LED-backlit LCD Monitor + $100 Gift Card for $368.99 with Free Shipping (normally $499.99).
- Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB 7mm SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $174.99 with Free Shipping (normally $199.99).
- Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case for $39.99 (normally $59.99).
- Ion Sound Splash Bluetooth Waterproof Shower Speaker for $49.99 with free shipping (normally $69.99).
- Ion Sound Splash Bluetooth Waterproof Shower Speaker for $719.99(normally $1699.99).
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