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New Intel RST drivers hit performance scaling ceiling
— 12:11 PM on March 29, 2010

I was quite excited when Intel released its latest storage controller drivers last week. We knew these drivers were coming, and I'd been...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

Another perspective on CPU value
— 8:53 PM on February 21, 2010

As you might have already seen, the value section of our grand Athlon II vs. Core i3 showdown article includes performance-per-dollar graphs based on...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

What do you want to see in our new storage test suite?
— 3:12 PM on February 10, 2010

The number of new hard drives, SSDs, and other interesting storage devices due out this year is staggering. Heck, even what's coming in just...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

Taking a crack at the great CPU-GPU balance question
— 10:16 AM on December 8, 2009

We get some interesting questions and article suggestions via email from time to time, and we just don't have time to address them all with...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Gaming

Contemplating SpeedStep and Cool'n'Quiet in performance testing
— 11:07 AM on August 28, 2009

Howdy all.  I've been hard at work in Damage Labs setting up new test systems with Windows 7.  This is a particularly agonizing chore for...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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