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The great upgrade: Tales from the ancient past
— 10:51 AM on July 14, 2010

Our current contest challenges readers to relate their first PC upgrade experiences for a chance to win a copy...

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics Motherboards Storage

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3D movies and the value of entertainment
— 10:30 PM on July 8, 2010

To take full advantage of this past long weekend, I unlatched myself from my computer and went to see a movie with my girlfriend. We...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Gaming

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Core issues
— 12:07 AM on April 8, 2010

Keeping your cores straight isn't easy these days.  Here's a quick cheat sheet. CUDA core - Not a core Shader multiprocessor - Might be a core

Type: Blog post Tags: CPUs Graphics

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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

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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

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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

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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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Low definition
— 10:51 AM on July 10, 2009

Sony and some market analysts are wondering why Blu-ray uptake isn't skyrocketing like they'd hoped. I have a few ideas. About a year ago, I decided...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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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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Not cool, Canon... not cool
— 2:25 PM on April 29, 2009

I finally bit the bullet and decided to buy a digital SLR camera last weekend. I've been shooting with a Canon PowerShot A570 IS for...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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Where's the sweet spot for headphones?
— 12:26 AM on March 19, 2009

The headphone market is littered with an incredible range of options, from the throwaway garbage bundled with cheap MP3 players to audiophile earmuffs that would...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Latest iPod shuffle the quintessential Apple product
— 4:57 PM on March 12, 2009

Perhaps more than any other Apple product, the iPod shuffle is the perfect example of the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field in action. When...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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Stickin' it to the sat man
— 10:57 AM on March 5, 2009

Generally speaking, Americans believe that more is better—except for, of course, leprosy and Celine...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia Mac

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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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Trent Reznor gives fans remix-ready HD concert footage
— 1:10 PM on January 14, 2009

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is no stranger to releasing goodies on the Internet. Last March, he one-upped Radiohead's In Rainbows release with...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Zune can't party like it's 2009
— 12:48 PM on December 31, 2008

Why are MP3 players so hard to get right? A few months ago, my year-and-a-half-old and largely babied iPod 5.5G gave up the ghost....

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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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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Experimenting with HDR photos on a $200 camera
— 4:40 PM on July 1, 2008

I've been giddily experimenting with high-dynamic-range photography over the past few days. Unfortunately, I don't own any professional photography equipment, and my best camera...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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