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On PC upgrades and diminishing returns
— 10:14 PM on August 13, 2009

Like many of you, I'm giddily waiting on the release of Intel's Lynnfield processors to upgrade my main desktop PC. This system is still trucking...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Systems

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When overclocking doesn't work out
— 11:41 AM on June 3, 2009

This blog entry I write because I feel it's necessary to raise a point about overclocking processors and GPUs. This is hot off another late...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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What might Westmere mean for AMD?
— 3:04 PM on February 13, 2009

Now that both AMD and Intel have laid down their roadmaps for 2009 and 2010, we can have a little fun and start speculating about...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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RAID 1 for the time-challenged
— 10:21 AM on January 28, 2009

It happens to the best of us. We spend hours putting together a new PC, mounting a nice aftermarket heatsink, making sure all the cables...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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The Tech Report's XML benchmark
— 9:29 PM on December 1, 2008

Server benchmarking is an odd domain.  There are lots of very well developed, non-proprietary benchmarks available, but there are also teams of engineers with huge...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs The Tech Report

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How do you back up your gigs of goodies?
— 1:18 PM on August 13, 2008

In the wake of my post about data recovery services, an old buddy of mine from college, Dave Kirby, wrote me with a question about...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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Seeking a good hard drive recovery service
— 11:18 AM on July 2, 2008

A friend of mine emailed me recently with a question that I can't answer. He has a friend whose hard drive has croaked, possibly...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

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Epilogue on three 75GXP failures
— 8:54 PM on April 18, 2008

Years ago I sought advice from a trusted and knowledgeable friend about what components to use in my first home-built PC. Everything worked...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage Miscellaneous

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B3 Phenom arrives in Damage Labs
— 12:28 AM on March 18, 2008

Just arrived in Damage Labs: our first B3 Phenom, the new silicon revision with the fix for the TLB erratum.

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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A correction on the ThinkPad X300: SSD only!?
— 10:10 AM on February 14, 2008

In our recent first podcast episode, we were engaging in a bit of techno-lust over the ThinkPad X300, which we've dubbed the MacBook Air...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage Mobile computing

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Even more CPU stuff
— 2:49 PM on February 6, 2008

I thought I ought to give you guys a quick update on what's cooking in Damage Labs.  You've probably seen my Skulltrail review by...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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Skulltrail overclocking results are in
— 2:24 PM on February 6, 2008

When I posted my Skulltrail review, I didn't have time to include overclocking results, so I promised to add those later.  Those results are

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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Talkin' CES on the OCF Podcast
— 3:41 PM on January 19, 2008

I've made an appearance on the latest episode of the OCF Podcast.  This time, we talk at some length about the developments in PC...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Displays Input devices

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Behold Thumper: Sun's SunFire X4500 storage server
— 9:28 PM on December 27, 2007

In July of 2006, Sun added an interesting new machine to their lineup of Opteron-based x86 servers. It was codenamed 'Thumper' during...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage Systems Linux-Unix Servers

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A correction to our AMD TLB erratum coverage
— 9:14 PM on December 9, 2007

I was closing some windows on my laptop and came across an unsaved document in an unselected tab in my text editor that had some...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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Lessons from the difficult birth of the Spider platform
— 4:56 PM on November 26, 2007

We try not to get too much into behind-the-scenes drama here at TR, "inside baseball" stuff like how we deal with public relations types, because...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Chipsets The Tech Report

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So where's the Phenom review, man?
— 11:30 PM on November 18, 2007

I expect many of you came to TR this morning hoping to see a review of AMD's Phenom processor, since AMD has just launched the...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs The Tech Report

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Penryn die shot wallpaper
— 10:18 PM on October 30, 2007

One of you guys wrote in and asked for a higher resolution version of the Penryn die photo that I ran in my Core...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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