Podcast #431 - Das Keyboard, Samsung 750 EVO, ASUS X99, CES Predictions

Subject: Editorial | December 29, 2016 - 02:04 PM |
Tagged: Thinkpad, Samsung, podcast, Lenovo, das keyboard, CES, ASUS Zenbook X390A, ASUS X99-A II, 750 evo

PC Perspective Podcast #431 - 12/29/16

Join us this week as we DasKeyboard, Samsung 750 EVO, CES predictions and more!

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Hosts:  Ryan Shrout, Allyn Malventano, Josh Walrath

Program length: 1:35:27

Podcast topics of discussion:
  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
    1. 0:59:20 CES Predictions
  3. Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
    1. Jeremy: Luggage!
    2. Josh: $6.99!!!!
  4. Closing/outro

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Video News

December 29, 2016 | 03:35 PM - Posted by alkarnur

Hey Allyn, Systane Ultra is indeed an excellent eye drop. But you know what's even better? Thealoz Duo.

You can thank me later :)

December 29, 2016 | 04:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Arctic Bunny Piss. ABP will restore your vision to 20/20 and get the red out in milliseconds!

December 29, 2016 | 05:11 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Allyn makes me want to use bleach eye drops every time he does these 20+ minute storage rants.... they are the wet shower of this podcast

December 31, 2016 | 05:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The thinkpad musical tones with cell phone app sounds completely bogus to me. This looks like a way for them to tie your cell phone to your laptop for advertising or information gathering purposes, rather than anything actually useful for the end user. At this point, I am not even considering anything from Lenovo due to security concerns. This "feature" sounds like at least a privacy concern, if not a security concern.

December 31, 2016 | 06:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Optane used as a small cache (only 16 GB) will be of interest for mobile, I guess. For mobile systems with limited DRAM available for caching, it can provide that extra 16 GB of cache, and it is probably lower power than having 16 GB of extra DRAM. For desktop systems that can be expanded up to large amounts of DRAM, it may not really be worthwhile. Most desktop systems can be expanded with a huge amount of DRAM and 16 GB of Optane is not going to beat having 16 GB of extra DRAM. Also, when it is used as a disk cache, I would expect most operations to be done at the disk allocation unit size. I don't know how often it would ever do anything at smaller sizes since the infrastructure in place is optimized for doing everything in disk allocation unit sizes. For a hybrid DIMM, I could see them taking advantage of the byte addressability, but not for a pci-e connected device.

January 1, 2017 | 03:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Intel cancels Kaby Lake-H (1)! Just look at all those segmented for profit milking series SKUs from Intel! Intel is going to have to throw out all those small incremental series SKUs once Ryzen hits the market because AMD will offer better features across a smaller number of Ryzen SKU options. Intel is no longer going to be able use that product segmentation strategy to create a dizzying array of product offerings at segmented prices.

And once the Ryzen APUs are to market watch Intel rid themselves of even more U/M and other series SKUs and consolidate their feature sets into less total different CPU/SOC SKU offerings. Intel will have to compete more directly with Ryzen’s feature sets at a much lower price point and profit margin than Intel has been accustomed to in many years. So Intel will be circling the wagons and pairing down that crazy array of confusing product offerings in the consumer market!

Ryzen/Vega on an APU with possibly one or two stacks of HBM2(To feed the Vega integrated graphics bandwidth needs) backed up by a larger amount of slower DDR4 DRAM for everything besides the integrated graphics. A Ryzen/Vega APU with a single 8GB stack of HBM2 with the rest of the system’s memory provided by standard slower DDR4 DRAM memory is going to give Intel fits simply because of the single stack of HBM2 providing plenty of on interposer based HBM2 bandwidth to easily feed 16+ Vega based CUs on an APU.

Intel’s IRIS Pro will not be able to compete with any Ryzen/Vega APU with a single stack of HBM2 providing up to 8GB of HBM2 memory to feed many more than the standard 8 CUs found on AMD’s current Bristol Ridge SKUs. Any Ryzen/Vega APUs with HBM2 are not going to be beat for providing so large amount of high bandwidth memory directly to the APU’s Integrated graphics, integrated graphics that will easily have 12-16 Vega GPU CUs feeding from the HBM2 in addition to those new Ryzen x86 CPU cores.

Wasn’t Apple supposed to be use the Kaby Lake-H in a future Macbook refresh? Could Apple be looking at Ryzen/Vega!


"Intel cancels Kaby Lake-H - Kaby Lake Refresh will be Core ix 8000 series"


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