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Ubuntu ushers me out of the Windows XP era
— 11:02 PM on July 7, 2011

Well, it finally happened. Windows XP is no longer the primary OS on any of my day-to-day machines. The last holdout was my laptop,...

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Talent
— 9:40 AM on July 5, 2011

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Confessions of a multi-monitor madman
— 12:05 PM on April 8, 2011

The first thing guests will notice upon entering my home office/playground is not the functioning-but-retired T-bird Athlon motherboard adorning the back wall, nor the pair...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays

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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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HP's ZR24w: oh sRGB, let's never fight again
— 4:21 PM on May 28, 2010

A couple of years ago, I set out to find a 24" display with a non-TN panel, great image quality, and a reasonable price tag....

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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...

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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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Diggin' out
— 12:39 PM on September 5, 2009

So, yeah. I've been living with Mac OS X 10.6—aka Snow Leopard—for a week now. The short review is this: If you're not reviewing (or...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Mac

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So that's why it only costs $29
— 6:01 PM on August 31, 2009

Last Saturday, I decided to head down to my local Apple reseller and grab a copy of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The new...

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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...

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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...

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Trying out Windows 7's XP Mode
— 3:04 PM on May 11, 2009

Late last month, Microsoft revealed plans to offer a free Windows XP virtualization solution to users of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. In a...

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The case for a secondary motherboard OS
— 10:08 PM on March 26, 2009

It seems like every year, someone thinks that Linux is on the verge of making real inroads on the desktop. And every year, the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Operating systems

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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...

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Thoughts on the Windows 7 beta
— 4:44 PM on January 13, 2009

I've already written at length about my (generally positive) appraisal of Windows Vista, yet I'm still eagerly looking forward to Windows 7. While I find...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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HP's LP2475w monitor: IPS at a bargain price
— 11:08 AM on December 4, 2008

Those who follow my blog may have some idea of the trouble I've encountered trying to replace my aging (and dimming) 20.1" Viewsonic VX2025wm with...

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