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Topic: Is Apple Looking To AMD Over NVIDIA For Next Generation iMacs?   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:13:33 PM(UTC)

Apple using AMD is definitely not a bad thing...in the realm of laptops though. I would wholeheartedly support Apple for releasing a MacBook Air (or for that matter even a Pro) with an AMD APU with Radeon graphics and not an Intel HD4000 chip. I mean, seriously guys?

I've never been a huge ATI/AMD fan (usually the drivers are far buggier than nVidia's) but it's a moot point in OSX. Besides, not being Windows (read here: DirectX), doesn't OSX use OpenGL drivers (which ATI/AMD has usually been better at)?

Topic: OCZ Shows Off RevoDrive Hybrid SSD / HDD PCIe Card   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 8:56:50 AM(UTC)

I personally think using PCIe for hard drives doesn't even have any real-world applications today. Just looking at the numbers, a single lane of PCIe 2.0 can support a bandwidth of 500 MB/s. On the other hand, SATA 3 (or SATA 6.0) can do that just as well. There are only two things going for using PCIe; it supports multiple lanes, so theoretically you can have a single SSD PCIe card with a bunch of separate drives in a RAID array. Also: when I see a PCIe hard drive, I instantly think "Thunderbolt." Just sayin'.

Topic: Asus Unveils Padfone Hybrid Android Smartphone-Tablet   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 8:38:14 AM(UTC)

From my perspective, since I honestly use my phone mostly for everything else but actually calling, the best solution for me would be to get a larger-screened phone; I've actually been thinking of getting a DELL Streak, or any other tablet that supports phone calls, as my primary device. Small enough to easily carry, yet large enough for the whole web/movies/games experience, and if I use a headset I won't look like an idiot holding a 5" screen up to my head. With that said though, I think Motorola's solution with the Atrix is better, since carrying around what is essentially a keyboard dock makes a lot more sense than just a larger screen that is useless on its own, no matter how useful the independent battery can be. I mean, if you want just that feature, why not buy an external battery with a USB port? There are some on the market right now.

Topic: Cisco Intros Stylish New Linksys E-Series Of Routers   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 1:58:37 AM(UTC)

But is it true 450 Mbps? Because there already exists a Cisco router capable of 450 Mbps, but that's 300 on one band and 150 on the other. In which case Netgear makes one that's 300 on both bands, making 600. But all the same, it's great to see that the prices haven't changed from the current (that is, outgoing) generation.

Topic: AMD Directly Challenges NVIDIA In New Blog Post   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:06:51 AM(UTC)

Agreed. Why? AMD processors are better bang for the buck, while Nvidia has better Linux drivers.

Topic: Sticky, Sweet, And Gooey: Google Delays Open-Sourcing Honeycomb   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:03:53 AM(UTC)

True, but in this case Android developers and anyone making a Honeycomb device brought it on themselves, by rushing (example) the Xoom to launch just to compete with the iPad 2. I have demo units of both where I work, and while I'm generally an Android kind of guy, I have to say that the iPad 2 turns out to be a much better tablet for the same price (despite having a slower processor and half the RAM of the Xoom). Although to be fair, now that the Xoom (still sticking with it for the sake of example) has Flash and a few updates under its belt, it's a lot better (read: it's what it should have been at launch). Heck, it's almost like a desktop really, at least from my perspective where my gaming desktop is separate from my internet computer: the Xoom would basically replace that internet computer for me.

Topic: Intel Announces Third-Generation Solid-State Drive 320 Series   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:49:03 AM(UTC)

Probably because the drives themselves operate at only 270 MB/s tops, and SATA II has enough bandwidth for that (300 MB/s). No point in using the SATA III interface, maybe it might have made the drives more expensive with no real benefit?

I agree with dodgers though: the X-25 120GB is 250, how is 210 for the new one any significant price drop? Now, if the X-25 goes on clearance, that would make people happy. The 320 may have higher write speeds, but write speeds aren't as important as read speeds (at least, from a gaming point of view), an area in which the X-25 and 320 are almost identical.

Topic: SCEA Claims geohot Has Fled to South America   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 8:41:30 PM(UTC)

If he were on the run, that's what he'd want you to think. Pay for a vacation and leave a paper trail, then disappear somewhere else. But I don't see why he would do that, because he didn't do anything wrong from a legal standpoint. He bought a PS3, Sony removed the OtherOS feature that he paid for, and since it's his system, he modified it to launch other software. That is the case as far as I understand the proceedings: all geohot really did was void the warranty :P

Topic: AnyDATA's Honeycomb Tablet Looks Just Like A Galaxy Tab   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 8:35:53 PM(UTC)

"I like the competition"

True, it's better than a monopoly (or duopoly or triopoly or whatever) but you won't be saying the same thing a few months from now, when most people predict a huge market saturation as every company tries to jump on the bandwagon and repeat the iPad 2's success by making the same exact thing as the next guy. Yes, the iPad 2's success: face it, Apple fanboy or not, which other tablet is as popular? The Xoom? That's a joke, right? Even upcoming devices: the PlayBook? Really? Who will buy a device that you HAVE to tether to your BlackBerry for some of the most basic uses?

Topic: BMW 1 Series To Gain iPhone App Support For Facebook, Web Radio   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 1:03:04 AM(UTC)

This is all I have to say on the matter:

http://xkcd.com/864/