Deals for November 26th - Cyber Monday Deals!

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2012 - 01:38 PM |
Tagged: deals

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Laptops and Tablets

Toshiba Excite Tablet for just $249 with free shipping (normally $529).

7" Kindle Fire 8GB WiFi Tablet for $129 with free shipping at Amazon (normally $159 - use coupon code: FIREDEAL).

18.4" Alienware m18x r2 Core i7 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core Gaming Laptop w/1080p display, 2GB GeForce GTX 660m, 8GB RAM for $1,699 with free shipping at Dell (normally $1,999 - use coupon code: 5PQJJW8VQQR?BP).

15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition 3rd Gen Core i7 Quad-core Laptop w/1080p, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD + 32GB SSD for $849.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $1,049.99 - use coupon code: G0LN9LD3FT8RB$ ).

15.6" Toshiba Satellite S850-BT3N22 Core i7 Quad Laptop w/6GB RAM for $599.99 with free shipping at Toshiba Direct (normally $939.99).

14" Lenovo IdeaPad Y400 (95232FU) 3rd Gen Core i7 Gaming Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD & GeForce GT 650M for $749 with free shipping at Lenovo (normally $1,349.99 - use $500 coupon code: CMDOORBUSTER).

14" Alienware m14x 3rd Gen Core i5 Gaming Laptop w/GeForce GT 650M for $849 with free shipping at Dell (normally $699.99 - use $500 coupon code: 1BBBZLJSCTPSS3).

11.6" Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 NVIDIA Tegra 3 Windows RT Tablet for $679.20 with free shipping at Lenovo (normally $849 - use coupon code: CYBERMONDAY).

HP Cyber Monday: Free Nook with any HP Laptop or Desktop purchase. 25% Coupon on Desktops and up to $250 off stackable coupon on Laptops

Desktops

Dell Inspiron 660s Core i5 Quad-core Slim Tower w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD & Windows 8 for $499.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $699.99)

Computer Components

30" Dell UltraSharp U3011 IPS-Panel LCD monitor w/2560x1600 for $999 with free shipping at Dell (normally $1,399).

24" Dell P2412H Professional LED Monitor w.3-years warranty for $199 with free shipping (normally $299 - use coupon code: WN1V$D153FDTT5).

24" Dell UltraSharp U2410 IPS-panel LCD monitor w/3-years warranty for $399 with free shipping (normally $549).

21.5" Dell S2230MX Ultra-Slim 1080p LCD Monitor for $109 with free shipping (normally $189.99 - use coupon code: L33BD4X1XJMRC1).

21.5" Dell UltraSharp U2212HM IPS-panel LCD Monitor for $189.99 with free shipping (normally $259.99 - use coupon code: 47$T9VR6QMH014).

2TB Seagate Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STBV2000100) for $79.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $119.99).

Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for $84.99 with free shipping (normally $99.99 - use coupon code: P83Q8GXNJK9Q0R).

Gadgets and Portables

Sphero App Controlled Robotic Ball for $99.99 with free + $20 Brookstone Bucks & Free Shipping (normally $129.99).

Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank for $89.99 with free shipping at Brookstone (normally $149.99).

Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18MP DSLR Camera w/ 18-55mm Lens & 8GB Card & Lowepro Adventura Shoulder camera Bag Bundle for $599.99 with free shipping (normally $759 - use coupon code TNWFQ?LB5TFHSG).

Samsung Galaxy S 3 Smartphone (AT&T) for $24.99 (new contract) or $89.99 (upgrade) with free shipping at Amazon (normally $199.99).

Samsung NX1000 Mirrorless Wi-Fi 20MP Digital Camera w/20-50mm Lens for $450 plus free shipping (normally $700).

 

Entertainment

82" Mitsubishi WD-82C12 1080P DLP Home Cinema TV for $1,299 with free shipping (normally $1,499 - use coupon code: V1PRFJQVG626MH).

60" Samsung UN60ES6003 1080p 120Hz LED Slim HDTV for $1,299.99 with free shipping (normally $1,499.99).

60" Samsung PN60E530 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV for $847.99 with free shipping (normally $1,199.99).

55" Samsung UN55EH6000 55" 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $877.99 with free shipping (normally $999.99).

50" VIZIO E500I-A1 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV for $649.99 with free shipping (normally $699.99).

Samsung BD-E5400 Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player for $67.99 with free shipping (normally $99.99).

47" VIZIO E471VLE 1080p LCD HDTV for $499.99 with free shipping (normally $549.99 - use coupon code: T33WG4LCG?4S1F).

Samsung HW-E350/ZA 2.1-Channel AirTrack Soundbar w/built-in Subwoofer for $97.99 with free shipping (normally $179.99).

Netgear NeoTV NTV300 1080p Wireless Media Player for $39.99 with free shipping (normally $59.99 - use coupon code: 924N0CC1DT71S$).

Office Items

Humanscale Liberty Chair designed by Niels Diffrient for $662.15 with free shipping & no sales tax (normally $779).

Steelcase Leap Chair for $692.10 with free shipping & no sales tax (normally $769).

Steelcase Think Chair for $566.10 with free shipping & no sales tax (normally $629).

Gaming

Forza Horizon (360) for $14.99 (normally $39.99).

Gears of War Triple Pack (360) for $9.99 at Microsoft Store (normally $29.99).

Fable The Journey (360) for $14.99 at Microsoft Store (normally $29.99).

Source: LogicBuy

Analog Movement on a Keyboard? Start Your Soldering Irons!

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Systems | November 26, 2012 - 02:44 AM |
Tagged: gaming keyboard

I was patrolling around Revision3 upon news of their Adam Sessler acquisition and came across the Ben Heck Show. Long-time readers of my content know that I tend to be very picky with input devices which landed me reviewing several keyboards over the last year-and-a-bit. User interface is a complicated problem and testing their limitations often unearths interesting subjects.

The Revision3 show’s most recent episode took apart a keyboard, which if I had to guess was based on Cherry MX Black although membrane-dome is possible, and gave its WSAD keys analog control.

The underlying principle of the build relies upon support for analog sticks in the software. It is not unheard-of for an input device to register in the computer as multiple devices in order to increase functionality. Several keyboards report to Windows as three separate keyboards to get around USB input limitations. In this case, the hacked keyboard will report as a keyboard and as an Xbox360-compliant gamepad.

The build uses hall sensors and magnets to detect how far the keystem is depressed and transmit that data as left-stick movement.

I could see a company such as Razer or Steelseries, in a bid to further differentiate their mechanical keyboards, creating a product with this idea. It should be simple for an established peripheral company to design a pressure sensitive keyboard especially given the existence of other pressure-sensitive buttons on gaming devices. Perhaps the implementation could have a toggle to switch between typing and gaming modes?

That would interest me.

Source: Revision3

Thermalright Launches $99 Archon SB-E 2X HSF

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2012 - 01:00 AM |
Tagged: thermalright, sb-e 2x, hsf, heatsink, cpu cooler

Thermalright has announced a new tower CPU cooler called the Archon SB-E 2X. The new heatsink is a slim tower design, which is designed to not infringe on the RAM slots or PCI-E expansion slots. It measures 170mm x 155mm x 53mm and weighs just over 1.7 pounds (775 grams).

The heatsink itself is 53mm wide. The aluminum fins are attached to the baseplate using eight 6mm copper heatpipes. The contact plate and heatpipes are nickel plated with a mirror finish on the area that makes contact with the processor.

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Thermalright is bundling the HSF with two of its silent-series TY-141 140mm fans. The fans are rated at 73.5 CFM and 21 dBA. Using PWM, the fans will spin anywhere between 900 and 1300 RPM. Including the two fans, the heatsink is 79.5mm wide. Thermalright claims that the heatsink will fit on LGA 2011 platforms without touching the RAM slots, however.

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The new heatsink uses Thermalright’s VX BTKII mounting system that allows pressure to be adjusted. It supports the LGA 2011, 1366, 1155, 1156, and 775 Intel sockets and the AMD FM1, AM3+, AM2+, AM2, and 939 sockets.

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While there is no specific release date mentioned on the Thermalright website, it should be available soon. The Archon SB-E 2X will have an MSRP of $99.95 USD. At that price, it is putting itself into closed-loop watercooling territory. It will be interesting to see how well it performs and stacks up to coolers like the H80 and Noctua DH-14.

Source: Bit-Tech

Starcraft 2: Behind the Nerf

Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | November 24, 2012 - 08:14 PM |
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Dustin Browder of Blizzard Entertainment performed an interview with Team Liquid during the Battle.net World Championships.

Team Liquid is a very active team in competitive gaming with a strong focus on the Starcraft franchise; only recently did the team expand to include DOTA2. Their most notable accomplishment would likely be Liquipedia, a wiki containing a wealth of strategies and tactics for anyone in the public to utilize.

The interview was detailed in discussion of specific balancing changes -- and most importantly -- the thought and methodology behind them.

If you go on the Blizzard forums you will likely see a mass of posts which just do not get it. The purpose of a rebalancing is to slowly change unit stats just enough to alleviate a specific problem. Each small adjustment forces players to change their tactics which will get them thinking about new and innovative ways of winning. When a player comes up with a new tactic you will then get an oscillation between the races in the matchup as either side figure out how to overcome the other all the while begging for nerfs and buffs.

If you are interested in understanding what it takes to be a game designer then it will be a half-hour well spent.

Source: TeamLiquid

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Release Date and Price

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2012 - 05:20 PM |
Tagged: starcraft 2, Heart of the Swarm

There was a loud uproar when Blizzard said that they would be splitting each of the three parts of the story behind Starcraft 2 into three installments. Sure each part would be as long as the sum of the original game. Sure the original game had Brood War. Fans saw it as a cash grab, a way to charge 60-bucks three times.

That will not end up being the case.

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Image by Blizzard Entertainment

Heart of the Swarm is an expansion pack which will be priced as an expansion pack would. The standard edition will retail for $39.99 and is not hindered in any meaningful way. The Digital Deluxe edition will be priced at $59.99 and include only cutesy perks such as a Baneling pet for World of Warcraft or unique portraits for your character profile. The retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition includes the digital deluxe edition bonuses as well as novelties such as an art book, a mouse pad, a soundtrack, and a behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray set.

Basically unless you want nerd-perks, the expansion is just $40.

The expansion pack will be released on March 12th, 2013.

Source: Battle.net

Minecraft Brings Cake to Raspberry Pi

Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile | November 24, 2012 - 04:56 PM |
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You might like pie, you might be a terrible person who likes cake, I will not judge.

One of Minecraft’s many features is the ability to craft a cake to use as food despite being wholly inferior to a couple of pork chops or steaks. You are not able to craft a pie. Soon you will be able to craft the game on a Raspberry Pi, however.

Mojang made an announcement on their blog recently which outlined their plans to port Minecraft Pocket to the cheap Raspberry Pi computer. While this might be exciting for those who use the Raspberry Pi as a cheap home theatre PC, there is something special about this build.

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If you close a Windows, someone will open a source.

The Raspberry Pi was designed by David Braben to be an educational device. Its intent was to provide students with a cheap device loaded with much of the software development tools they would require to learn and develop their own applications.

Mojang is also interested in this ideal.

This version of the game, called Minecraft: Pi Edition, is said to be available in multiple programming languages. The intent is for users to learn to program by modifying and extending Minecraft. The game certainly is popular enough with students and would be an engaging way to frame the skills they require in the context of an existing game. I hope it will also help perpetuate the oft threatened ideal that third party game modifications should be promoted and preserved.

Minecraft: Pi Edition will be provided completely free.

Source: Mojang

Fujifilm Working On New Optical Disc Tech, Will Scale To 1TB Discs By 2015

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2012 - 10:48 AM |
Tagged: optical disc, laser, 1TB disc

As flash drives become more ubiquitous and software installers increasingly moving to online downloads, optical drives have lost most of their relevancy. Even so, Fujifilm’s engineers are hard at work on new optical disc technology. The new technology would allow discs to store up to 1TB of data by 2015 with the expectation that it can scale to 15TB in the future with multi-layer, double sided discs.

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With the new discs, Fujifilm is using a multi-layer disc that has recording and material layers sandwiched between each other. The company is using a Ti/S laser rated at 405nm to write the data to the disc. The laser heats the surface of the disc, and a two-photon absorption method is used to record data using a conves shapes. To read the data, the drive measures the reflectivity of the recording layer as the laser hits the convex shapes. It uses the reflectance ratio of the laser hitting the recorded area versus the non-recorded areas on the recording layer to get the 1 and 0s necessary to store and read the binary data.

Fujifilm has stated that the technology currently acheives 25GB per layer, which is similar to existing Blu ray discs. However, Fujifilm’s discs can pack many more layers. As many as 20 layers per side of the disc are believed possible, which would provide 500GB for a single-sided disc or 1TB for a double-sided optical disc. The company is aiming to produce commercially available 1TB discs by 2015, and plans to pursue scaling the technology to 15TB (and beyond) discs in the future. One of the major issues is that it is currently a write-once technology, which means that it is not rewriteable like current disc technologies.

It is an interesting technology that might be handy for businesses looking for an alternative to tape, but the drives and discs will likely be expensive. Especially since high-capacity flash drives are continually dropping in price. Are you still using an optical (DVD, Blu ray) drive, and would you use a 1TB if they were available?

Tech On has put together an article that explains the intracacies of the new optical technology that is worth a read if you are interested in the nitty-gritty details.

Image courtesy Dwayne Bent via Flickr Creative Commons.

Source: Tech On

Razer Updates Its DeathAdder Mouse With Better Sensor, Texturized Grips

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2012 - 10:31 AM |
Tagged: synapse 2.0, razer, mouse, gaming mouse, deathadder

Razer recently announced an update to its DeathAdder gaming mouse. Orginally released in 2006, the company is refining the design with a better sensor, improved grips, and support for its latest Synapse software.

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On the outside, Razer has kept the same right-handed optimized design, but it added rubberized side grips with texture that the company believes will improve grip and control. The internals of the mouse have also been updated as Razer has included an improved 4G infrared sensor. According to Razer, the new sensor is capable of 6400 DPI resolution. Other specifications of the sensor include 200 inches per second and 50G acceleration ratings. The new DeathAdder also supports Razer’s new Synapse 2.0 firmware software which allows cloud syncing of your mouse settings.

Razer USA president Robert Krakoff had the following to say abou the updated design:

"We didn't want to fix anything that wasn't broken," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "We focused instead on enhancing and optimizing the proven merits of the Razer DeathAdder, utilizing next generation technologies and further ergonomics tweaks to make a perfect gaming mouse even better."

Of course, the DeathAdder features five programmable buttons, Razer’s Ultraslick mouse feet, gold-plated USB connector, and a seven foot braided cable.

Dimensions of the updated DeathAdder are 1.27 mm (L) x 70 mm (W) x 1.73 mm (H). Further, it weighs in at 105 grams or approximately 0.23 pounds.

The new version of the DeathAdder is available now worldwide for $69.99 in the US or €69.99 in the EU.

Source: PR Newswire

Deals for November 23rd - Black Friday!

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2012 - 05:12 PM |
Tagged: deals

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Laptops

17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition 3rd Gen Core i7 Quad-core Laptop w/1080p LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 32GB SSD, 2GB Graphics for $849.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $1,099.99 - use coupon code ND$5L3354XFGCP).

15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition 3rd Gen Core i7 Quad-core Laptop w/1080p LCD, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $849.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $999.99 - use coupon code DGB4DGV2F3G4DV).

15.6" Toshiba Satellite C850D-BT3N11 AMD Dual-Core Laptop w/4GB RAM, WebCam for $279.99 with free shipping at ToshibaDirect (normally $509.99 - use coupon code BFC850D).

15.6" Lenovo IdeaPad U510 Core i7 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook w/1TB HDD + 32GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB GeForce GT 625M for $879 with free shipping at Lenovo (normally $1,099.99 - use coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY).

14" Toshiba Satellite U845-S402 Core i3 Ultrabook for $499 with free shipping at Toshiba (normally $749 - use coupon code: FU845).

14" Toshiba Satellite U845-S402 Core i3 Ultrabook for $499 with free shipping at Toshiba (normally $749 - use coupon code: FU845).

13.3" Dell XPS 13 Core i5 Ultrabook w/4GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $749.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $949.99 - use $200 coupon code DGB4DGV2F3G4DV ).

Desktops

Dell Vostro 270s Core i5 Ivy Bridge Desktop w/4GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive & Wireless-N for $424 with free shipping (normally $849 - use coupon code: 051348KD$Z8QDB ).

Dell Vostro 270s 2.9Ghz Dual-Core Slim Desktop w/20" Dell LCD Monitor for $349 with free shipping (normally $558).

Dell XPS 8500 3rd Gen Core i7 Quad-core Desktop w/12GB RAM, 2TB Hard Drive + 24" Dell UltraSharp U2412M 192x0 x 1200 IPS LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $863.09 with free shipping (normally $1,318.99 - use coupon codes: WD2174T65B2G2C and VJ7$295NPV28MN).

Dell Inspiron 660s 2nd Gen Core i3 Dual-core Slim Tower w/6GB RAM, 1TB HDD & Windows 8 for $349.99 with free shipping (normally $479.99 - use coupon code DGB4DGV2F3G4DV ).

Alienware X51 3rd Gen Core i7 Quad-core mini Gaming PC w/16GB RAM, 2TB HDD, Blu-ray, GeForce GTX 660 for $1,249 with free shipping (normally $1,499 - use coupon code ZQKX676QF8LJ2V ).

23.6" HP Spectre ONE 23-e010se Core i5 Ivy Bridge Slim All-in-one PC w/ Trackpad for $974.99 with free shipping at HP (normally $1,299.99 - use 25% coupon code DT1261 ).

Computer Components

30" Dell UltraSharp U3011 IPS-Panel LCD monitor w/2560x1600 for $1,049 with free shipping at Dell (normally $1,399).

29" Dell UltraSharp U2913WM panoramic 2560 x 1080 LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $629 with free shipping at Dell (normally $699.99 - use coupon code: VJ7$295NPV28MN ).

27" Dell S2740L 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor w/Ultra Wide Angle for $309.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $369.99).

Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STBV3000100) for $126 with free shipping (normally $140 - Use coupon code VJ7$295NPV28MN).

Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for $84.99 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: P83Q8GXNJK9Q0R).

 

Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 for $79.99 with free shipping (normally $94.99).

Tablets

Toshiba Excite Tablet for just $249 with free shipping (normally $529 - use coupon code: BFBLA4).

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Convertible Ultrabook for $679.20 with free shipping at Lenovo (normally $849 - use coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY).

Entertainment

73" Mitsubishi WD73C12 1080p DLP Home Cinema TV for $849.99 with free shipping (normally $1,199.99 - use coupon code TLNN6MFH?GNXVH ).

60" Sharp LC-60E69U 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for $798.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $1,099.99 - use coupon code ?09?5SH5X7J81P).

50" LG 50PA5500 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV for $549.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $999.99).

42" Sharp LC-42SV50U 1080p LCD HDTV for $299.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $479.99 - use coupon code TQCF4?6SN5XZD0 )

Pinnacle 700-Watt MB10000 Audiophile 5.1 Speaker System for $369.99 with free shipping at Dell (normally $1,099.99 - use coupon code P2VFB55S4JHML3 )

Samsung BD-E5400 Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player for $67.99 with free shipping (normally $99.99).

Sony HT-CT150 5.1 3D Sound Bar System for $189 with free shipping (normally $248).

Office Items

Herman Miller Aeron Chair for $534.65 with free shipping at Office Designs (normally $629.99).

Herman Miller Envelop Desk for $816 with free shipping (normally $960).

Herman Miller Embody Chair for $934 with free shipping at Office Designs (normally $1,099.99).

Portables

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 16-MP Digital Camera (black) w/16GB Memory Card for $88 with free shipping (normally $158).

Samsung WB150F Wifi 14-MP Digital Camera w/ 18x Optical Zoom for $129.99 with free shipping (normally $229.99).

Samsung HMX-W300 Waterproof 5MP HD Pocket Camcorder for $140 plus free shipping (normally $160).

Samsung NX1000 Mirrorless Wi-Fi 20MP Digital Camera w/20-50mm Lens for $450 plus free shipping (normally $700).

Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Portable Speaker for $154 with free shipping at BuyDig (normally $179 - use coupon code: DigFallSave5).

Bose AE2 Audio Headphones for $134.99 with free shipping at Abt (normally $150).

Misc

20% off everything Reebok.com (use coupon code: BF20).

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa Plus Coffee Maker (EDG716R) for $129.95 plus free shipping at BuyDig (normally $219.99).

Philippe Starck Men's Digital Watch (PH1111) for $59 plus free shipping (normally $125).

Source: LogicBuy

Too good to be true; bad coding versus GPGPU compute power

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2012 - 01:03 PM |
Tagged: gpgpu, amd, nvidia, Intel, phi, tesla, firepro, HPC

The skeptics were right to question the huge improvements seen when using GPGPUs in a system for heavy parallel computing tasks.  The cards do help a lot but the 100x improvements that have been reported by some companies and universities had more to do with poorly optimized CPU code than with the processing power of GPGPUs.  This news comes from someone who you might not expect to burst this particular bubble, Sumit Gupta is the GM of NVIDIA's Tesla team and he might be trying to mitigate any possible disappointment from future customers which have optimized CPU coding and won't see the huge improvements seen by academics and other current customers.  The Inquirer does point out a balancing benefit, it is obviously much easier to optimize code in CUDA, OpenCL and other GPGPU languages than it is to code for multicored CPUs.

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"Both AMD and Nvidia have been using real-world code examples and projects to promote the performance of their respective GPGPU accelerators for years, but now it seems some of the eye popping figures including speed ups of 100x or 200x were not down to just the computing power of GPGPUs. Sumit Gupta, GM of Nvidia's Tesla business told The INQUIRER that such figures were generally down to starting with unoptimised CPU."

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Source: The Inquirer