Saturday Shortbread


  1. Fudzilla reports Nvidia slashes GTS 250, GTX 260 prices

    and first Nvidia Ion in Q2 2009

  2. The Inquirer reports ATI 4890 is not a new ASIC

    and Nvidia GTX 260s now losing money

  3. DailyTech reports Office Depot issues official statement on notebook sales policy
  4. You dream it, now Intel and Asus will build it
  5. Intel, Symantec cut PC’s energy costs?
  6. Engineers find a way to build a better battery
  7. Google Voice: The new must-have accessory?
  8. Ars Technica reports iPod shuffle-friendly headphones with inline control coming

    and whither Windows? OLPC 2 likely to use ARM, not x86

  9. Will Microsoft port Windows to an Arm-based OLPC laptop?
  10. Reducing Microsoft’s carbon footprint
  11. VR-Zone’s IT Show 2009 coverage
  12. Digital Trends: 10 best ways to backup data


  1. Engineering Windows 7: A few more changes from Beta to RC…
  2. Microsoft’s Hyper-V planning and deployment guide version 1.2
  3. Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 6 is up for grabs
  4. C|Net reports latest Conficker worm gets nastier
  5. GPUCafé reviews Catalyst 9.3 brings new Windows 7 driver
  6. Futuremark’s Peacekeeper beta: The browser benchmark
  7. Mozilla Firefox 3.1 beta 3 is out
  8. Opera CEO: IE 8 deactivation is not enough
  9. Apple to preview new iPhone software next week
  10. Microsoft unveils its developer strategy for the next generation of Windows phones
  11. TG Daily reports major firmware update for Android G1 scheduled for Easter
  12. Expreview reports Realtek high definition audio drivers R2.18 released
  13. Hi Tech Legion reviews Data Crow software


  1. EA CFO Eric Brown: Longer console cycle, more price cuts ahead
  2. Big Download has rumor: No more Lord of the Rings movie-based games for EA
  3. Steam’s weekend deal – 66% off Red Orchestra

    and Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box is out

  4. Left 4 Dead, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, and Team Fortress 2 updates released
  5. PCGH on CryEngine 2: Approaching photorealism with perfect time of day simulation?
  6. Ars Technica and Shacknews review Resident Evil 5

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. PC Perspective: New details on Intel Larrabee architecture and development coming
  2. Hardware Secrets asks, "What if Nvidia launches a mobile x86 processor?"
  3. Madshrimps compare Core 2 Duo E7400 vs. E8600: The battle of the caches
  4. FiringSquad reviews Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R
  5. X-bit labs review Asus P6T and ASRock X58 SuperComputer mainboard
  6. bit-tech reviews 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive
  7. X-bit labs roundup: Hard disk drives with 640GB storage capacity
  8. ThinkComputers reviews PromoLocker custom USB flash drives
  9. ITreviewed on Pioneer BDR-203BK Blu-ray Disc drive
  10. DriverHeaven reviews LinkSys Cisco Media Hub 405

Multimedia, power, case, and cooling

  1. Phoronix reviews AMD FirePro V8700 1GB
  2. X-bit labs: Two quad-core CPUs vs. two fast Nvidia graphics cards
  3. VR-Zone reviews Nvidia Geforce GTS 250
  4. reviews XFX Radeon HD 4850 XXX 512MB
  5. Frag the Planet reviews GoPro Motorsports Hero 5 wide action camcorder
  6. DragonSteelMods review Microsoft Sidewinder X8 wireless mouse
  7. TweakPC reviews Razer Mamba wireless gaming mouse (in German)
  8. Digital Trends reviews Garmin Nuvi 265WT
  9. Technic reviews 680W Tagan SuperRock PSU
  10. Rbmods review Cooler Master Sniper case
  11. Björn3D reviews XSPC Razor 4870 full coverage water block
  12. Legit Reviews on Cooler Master V10 CPU cooler
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    • burntham77
    • 11 years ago

    XFX XXX? How many X’s do they need? All of them!

    • shtal
    • 11 years ago

    —–>The Inquirer reports ATI 4890 is not a new ASIC

    —–>Shtal reports that moon is made out of green cheese!

      • no51
      • 11 years ago

      Green cheese? Where’d you learn your science? The moon is obviously made of blue cheeses.

      • shtal
      • 11 years ago

      RV790 to have more efficient Shaders
      Faster clock to clock than the RV770

      We’ve heard that ATI’s secret weapon with RV790 is not actually the higher clock speed, but rather improved shader efficiency, which enables it to do things a bit faster than a RV770.

      This would mean that the RV790, Radeon HD 4890 card should end up faster compared at the same clock and specification to HD 4870 card.

      We are not sure what ATI did to its shaders, but this is the reason why RV790 chips are actually differ from the RV770, and that the pin count is not the same. The release day should be April 6th. §[<<]§

    • ish718
    • 11 years ago

    Ok, so theres no real gaming performance gain with Core I7 over C2Q. Except when your using a dual GPU solution and your CPU needs to feed more data.
    Core i7s seem like nothing more than a core2 with hyperthreading, L3 cache, QPI(Fake Hypertransport ), and integrated memory controller with DDR3 support.

    Lots of innovation going on there…

      • moshpit
      • 11 years ago

      Wrong. That is the “First Person Shooters are the only game to benchmark by” attitude that is what is so screwed up. Sharkeyextreme, Firingsquad, and PCgaminghardware all showed Core i7 tromping on C2Q in RTS games like Company of Heroes, World in Conflict, and Empires Total War. In WiC, the i7 920 beat a QX9770.

      Games that are mainly GPU limited won’t show the difference. Strategy games are very different then first person shooters.

        • ish718
        • 11 years ago

        II. X-bit labs: Two quad-core CPUs vs. two fast Nvidia graphics cards

        Go ahead and read that xbit labs review and not Intel sponsored site’s reviews.

        And when I say real gains, I mean big noticeable gains…

          • blubje
          • 11 years ago

          you might be right about that — I definitely agree GPUs are amazing, but I think you’re pretty wrong about “not a lot of innovation”. my understanding is that i7 is a pretty major redesign over core 2 which will eventually allow 6 core cpus, plus, iirc, they added hyperthreading back which helps for other apps.

            • crazybus
            • 11 years ago

            Sex-core x86 processors already exist in the form of the Xeon 7400 series.

      • green
      • 11 years ago

      translation being that i7 is about the same as c2q when the gpu is a bottleneck
      i’ll give everyone a moment to come out of the shock of that revelation…

      either way… the i7 + fast memory is ahead of the c2q at stock speeds and clock for clock by around 35-40% when not gpu limited.

      of note xbit disabled SMT… but with SMT on farcry 2 can see a 30~35% boost at lower resolutions. other games though it doesn’t do jack.

        • blubje
        • 11 years ago

        I think bottleneck is generally a bad term, and I think you misuse it here — while speeding up the GPU would improve performance, this doesn’t signify either bad game design or lack of GPU speed. It’s simply that for parallel tasks that don’t require incredibly low latency (I’m obviously talking ns range, not gamer reflex range), the gpu is so much faster that artificially adding more cpu processing might slow things down due to data transfer.

    • Gerbil Jedidiah
    • 11 years ago

    All of the AMD fanbois should go out and buy as many Nvidia cards as they can. If the # II Inquirer article is true, Nvidia could go out of business from too many sales!!!

      • willyolio
      • 11 years ago

      oh charlie, what entertaining articles you keep providing us…

    • PhilipMcc
    • 11 years ago

    X-bit labs roundup of 640G drives was interesting. 3 WD, 1 Seagate, 1 Samsung.

      • RickyTick
      • 11 years ago

      Just curious…Is 640gb some kind of magical number?

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        When the currently optimal areal density results in ~320GB platters it is.

        • green
        • 11 years ago

        l[< Just curious...Is 640gb some kind of magical number? <]l indeed. 640gb ought to be enough for anybody.

    • Meadows
    • 11 years ago

    “Opera CEO: IE 8 deactivation is not enough”
    Someone’s angry that their browser will simply never be popular enough.

      • no51
      • 11 years ago

      This is why sometimes I hate using Opera, morons in the management. I can foresee Chrome getting more traction than Opera, and somehow that’ll still be Microsoft’s fault. It didn’t help that they used to charge money for something that the competitors offered for free.

    • ish718
    • 11 years ago

    “Madshrimps compare Core 2 Duo E7400 vs. E8600: The battle of the caches”

    Great article, just save your cash and buy an E7400.

      • asdsa
      • 11 years ago

      No, I buy Phenom II.

        • Gerbil Jedidiah
        • 11 years ago

        Seriously. It appears that AMD has really stuck it to intel below the $200 pricepoint. Nvidia too for that matter…

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Unless you need hardware virtualization support. Then you want to buy an E8xxx. Or a Phenom II

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      I love comparisons like that because it tells us a lot about the architecture. The comparison is a stupid one in a way though because they’re comparing a $120 CPU that’s the bottom of the C2D lineup versus a $270 CPU that’s the top of the C2D lineup. No surprise that when factoring in oc’ing the e7400 is a better buy, e7400 vs e8400 would have been better. Nonetheless the conclusion is valid at this time even versus a $165 e8400.

        • ish718
        • 11 years ago

        Well I wouldn’t say the comparison is stupid because their whole point was to see if the different L2 cache sizes pose a significant difference in performance.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 11 years ago

          Yes…’in a way’ and that way as I thought I made clear is price-wise. An e7400 and an e8600 are not anywhere near each other price-wise. But even an e8400 at +$45 is getting a little hard to justify, speaking as an e8400 owner.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 11 years ago

    Wow, the competition between Nvidia and ATI is bloody fierce this time around.

    4870/GTX 260 are priced half of what they used to cost when they first launched, don’t remember this happening in the 6series/7series era.

      • RickyTick
      • 11 years ago

      Great, isn’t it?
      I can’t believe I paid $380 for an 8800GTS 640 in Aug of 07. We might see the GTX260 216 for $150 before its over with.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        Yeah I got a 640MB 8800GTS for like $400. I’ve resold and shuffled cards a lot since then without taking too much of a loss at any given point. Sitting on a $135 after uber-deal GTX 260-192 for now…it’s amazing what a difference a year or two can make.

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