AMD’s been reeling from the underperformance in its hyped-up Vishera architecture for a while now, and with the 8350 behaving dismally in single- and dual-threaded applications, things haven’t looked great for the company. Despite the recent layoffs—where more than 1500 employees lost jobs—AMD still has one shining star in its arsenal: APUs.
If nothing else, Minecraft has proven to be one of the most versatile, heavily-modded games out there. It makes sense: The game is effectively centered around creating your own entertainment, and what better entertainment than creating a game within a game? Don't answer that.
It seems that 2012 is the Year of the SSD, given the recent rise in affordability, popularity, and their proven practicality; Samsung's recently-announced 840 and 840 Pro SSDs have a lot to compete against -- especially with Kingston's new and very promising SSDNow V300 budget SSD -- and so they've upped the marketing ante.
A new addition to Cooler Master's HAF (High Air Flow) series is born: the HAF XB LAN box and test bench. It's designed to be lightweight and durable enough to be used at LAN events, yet maintain enough space for good airflow and ease of access, and judging by Cooler Master's specs, it's succeeded on both fronts.
The FBI today noted that twenty-two executives within the Liquid Crystal Display industry have been charged with global conspiracy to fix prices, resulting in the creation of a $71.9 billion Liquid Crystal Display industry over a period of 5 years—2001 to 2006.
Of the twenty-four charged, twelve have been sentenced and fined. The FBI news release cited the Sentencing Memorandum levied on 9/20/12:
“The conspiracy’s breadth and its pernicious effect can hardly be overstated. The conspirators sold $71.9 billion in price-fixed panels worldwide. Even conservatively estimated, the conspirators sold $23.5 billion—AUO [AU Optronics Corp.] alone sold $2.34 billion—in price-fixed panels destined for the United States. The conspiracy particularly targeted the United States and its high-tech companies…But the harm extended beyond these pillars of American’s high-tech economy. The conspiracy affected every family, school, business, charity, and government agency that paid more to purchases notebook computers, computer monitors, and LCD televisions.”
G.Skill now lays claim to the title of "world's fastest memory frequency" for their G. SKILL TridentX DDR3 SDRAM, which recently set the RAM overclocking world record at an effective 4000MHz (citing an entry by overclocker "Christian Ney" of Switzerland on HWBOT.org). He currently remains in first place on HWBOT's memory clock leaderboard, with another user, "Hicookie" of Taiwan, claiming 11th place (also with TridentX memory).
Due to the physical limitations exhibited by mechanical disk drives and the relatively low data-rate caps of the SATA interface, storage devices are invariably the slowest component in the chain for any PC build. For this reason, we've recently dedicated a number of articles to exploring SSD technology and its relevance for gaming or everyday computing. The major barrier-to-entry for new SSD users has been, of course, price -- but that's been changing over the course of the last year.
We've seen SSD prices drop to a point where they're becoming competitive with HDDs (still a fifth of the capacity for the price, on average, but massively improved performance). Part of this is due to the hiccup in hard disk drive pricing when the factories were hit with floods, but a large portion of the SSD price decrease can be attributed to advances in SSD manufacturing efficiency and technology.
New developments in AMD's plans for 2013 have become apparent, thanks to a roadmap leaked by the Turkish site Donanim Haber. If this slide is accurate, the first thing you'll notice is the eerie lack of Steamroller, intended to be Piledriver's successor, which points to another delay; Piledriver cores will remain the foundation for the 2013 generation of AMD x86 desktop processors, though new chips will also be released in the Trinity line (with upgraded integrated graphics chips) and Brazos platform, the low-power option for netbooks.
We've been covering SSDs pretty heavily of late. Our recent "How Are SSDs Made?" post is probably one of the most interesting, in-depth industry looks we've done in a while; additionally, our earlier review of Kingston's HyperX 3K SSD marked the start of our SSD coverage and kicked off the exploration of this still-growing technology.
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