Frankenstein Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Microsoft reports record first-quarter results
  2. Electronista: Oracle claims Google ‘directly copied’ Java in Android
  3. Bright Side of News: Seagate is not going private? SandForce remains safe
  4. Intel, Dell, IBM & others form working group to standardize PCIe SSDs

    and superfast SSDs are coming, but will they be used the right way?

  5. VR-Zone reports GeForce GTX 580 gets pictured;

    GeForce GTX 580 mentioned in the new Nvidia developer driver

  6. TC Magazine: Galaxy goes big with 1000MHz-clocked GeForce GTS 450
  7. Fudzilla reports AMD promotes Cayman as the new R300
  8. Ars Technica reports Adobe shows off Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool

Frankenstein Friday

  1. Engadget reports hp Palm quietly debuts new hp Palm logo
  2. X-bit labs: TSMC’s revenue for 40nm chips up slightly quarter-over-quarter
  3. SemiAccurate: Intel announces collaboration wiht Taiwan
  4. C|Net reports Yahoo! taps former News Corp. exec Ross Levinsohn
  5. C|Net: People feel safer on a PC than on a mobile device
  6. TUAW: Apple exploring new scratch-proof coating
  7. TSA: 11.6″ MacBook Air is bag-safe
  8. TC Magazine reports MSI preps 3D-ready FR600 notebook and

    Samsung NF310 dual-core netbooka available in the U.S. and

    Kingston serving up DDR3-1600 HyperX kit with black heatspreaders

  9. Mobile graphics adapters declined most in Q3 – Mercury Research
  10. TC Magazine reports NEC MultiSync PA231W

    IPS monitor to hit U.S. stores next month

  11. DailyTech reports “thoughtpad” technology allows

    humans to controls computers with their minds

  12. PCPer podcast #128
  13. Newegg marketplace deals (10/28/10)
  14. Dealzon’s deals: $150 off coupon for 14” Lenovo G460 Core i5, $170 off

    coupon for 11.6” Lenovo IdeaPad U160 Core i3 ULV, and $85 off

    120GB Corsair Force SSD


  1. Ars Technica reports Verizon to pay $25 million fine over “mystery fees”
  2. C|Net reports Android pushes Motorola into black
  3. Engadget: Verizon’s tiered data plans go live, including

    $30 for a smartphone buffet or $15 for 150MB and

    iPad now on sale from Verizon Wireless and AT&T

  4. GigaOM cites report: iPad is an enterprise IT triple-threat
  5. Microsoft CEO on Windows Phone 7: ‘I think we really kinda nailed it
  6. Android and Me shares rumor: Samsung will

    announce the Nexus Two on November 8th

  7. Droid Life reports Droid 2 update to version 2.3.20 rolling out soon
  8. TC Magazine reports MeeGo 1.1 up for grabs

    and Opera Mini 5.1 beta released for Symbian, too

  9. C|Net reports Kindle app for Windows Phone 7 coming soon
  10. Engadget: Eking’s S700 E-notepad launches ‘the era of color digital

    reading’ with a stylus and Nook Color processor revealed: ARM

    Cortex A8-based TI OMAP3621


  1. Fudzilla reports Putin wants to dump Windows
  2. Ars Technica reports IE9 Preview 6 available, now with secret Beta UI
  3. Orleans: More on Microsoft’s cloud programming model in the sky
  4. DRM is toxic to culture
  5. TUAW reports Mac Pro EFI firmware update 1.5 released
  6. CCleaner v3.0
  7. Sysinternals suite – 10/28
  8. SeaMonkey 2.0.10
  9. Chromium 9.0.566.0


  1. DailyTech reports Nintendo reports $24.7M net loss
  2. Joystiq reports ‘seasonal roll-offs‘ hit EA for third year in a row
  3. Shacknews reports 320GB PlayStation 3 model freed from bundle
  4. TF2’s Halloween special
  5. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood ‘Rome’ trailer
  6. Fudzilla reports Medal of Honor to get Hot Zone DLC

    and PC will get BioShock 2 patch

  7. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 patch for PC to be released tomorrow
  8. Ars Technica: Nintendo bringing classic Mario games to the Wii for $30
  9. America’s Army 3 and Team Fortress 2 updates released on Steam
  10. Gaming Heaven reviews Rock Band 3 (Xbox 360)
  11. Ars Technica reviews Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
  12. Steam Halloween sale on now (through Nov. 1st)
  13. 85% off Frontlines: Fuel of War on Steam (ends today at noon CDT)

Systems and storage

  1. KitGuru’s ASRock ION3D (152B with Blu-ray) review featuring Cyberlink
  2. Rbmods on Phenom II X2 560
  3. PureOC reviews 12GB OCZ DDR3-2133 Flex EX memory kit
  4. reviews 3TB Western Digital Caviar Green
  5. TweakTown on OCZ Technology’s Toolbox for SandForce SSDs
  6. PureOC reviews 120GB OCZ Revo PCI-E SSD

Multimedia, power, and case

  1. reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 6870,

    XFX Radeon HD 6850, and Asus GeForce GT 430

  2. Fudzilla reviews XFX Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition
  3. OCC reviews MSI N460GTX Hawk
  4. on overclocking the MSI N460GTX Cyclone
  5. OC3D’s HIS vs. EVGA mid-range gaming face-off review
  6. Digital Trends reviews Nikon D3100
  7. Digital Trends on Axiom Epic Grand Master 500 500 speaker system
  8. Big Bruin reviews Arctic Cooling Arctic M551 gaming mouse
  9. AnandTech’s 550W roundup: 3 PSUs at different prices
  10. Neoseeker reviews Azza Hurrican 2000 case
Comments closed
    • Ushio01
    • 12 years ago

    The 7050GT maybe but as the tech report’s own review shows it does’nt match the 7950GX2.


    • Voldenuit
    • 12 years ago

    Unfortunately, your article doesn’t point out (since it was obvious to readers at the time) that the 7800 GTX had been on the market for a good 6 months before the X1900 XTX came out. And the 7900 GTX came out only 2 months later to wrest the crown from ATI again. In addition, their gaming OpenGL drivers still had not caught up, meaning they were up to 20-30% slower in OpenGL games (which was still important at the time).

    Not to say that the ATI architecture didn’t have advantages at the time (AA + FP HDR was one clear advantage they had over nvidia, and their IQ was indubitably better than than the 6×00 and 7×00 geforces), but they were late to market with SM3 parts and spent a lot of time playing catch up to nvidia, which is a stark reversal to their utter dominance in the R300 era.

    Lastly, it’s tempting to just look at halo products, but the reality of it was that the 1900 XTX and 7950 GX2 were low volume niche products. The real problem that ATI had was that they had no decent midrange solutions since the 9500Pro. While nvidia had the 6600GT and 7600GT cards, which lived in many gamers’ cases for as long as the 9700Pro did. It wasn’t until the 4770 that a truly great midrange card came out from ATI, but the 5770 was another disappointing card and the 6850 is good value for money again.

    • anotherengineer
    • 12 years ago

    yeppers, my x1900xt beat my buddies 7950 in most things, just ignore Prime1, ooops I mean Voledenuit.

    And the old 1900xt is still running in my old pc (mom’s now) lol Probly never in 3d mode since she’s had it lol

    • DrCR
    • 12 years ago


    • Fighterpilot
    • 12 years ago

    The X800 XT and 850XT PE were both faster than the Nvidia competition at the time.
    Revisionist history FTL.

    • poulpy
    • 12 years ago

    Android’s JVM (Dalvik) was started before the open sourcing of JAVA, on the basis that they (like other players, IBM, Microsoft) could develop their own implementation granted they adhered to certain rules of compliance.
    If proven to be not compliant then the Oracle IP isn’t royalty free any more and Google would need to pay.

    Google chould have used the GPL version as base instead but (although I like GPL) but handset manufacturers wouldn’t like Android as much as their customisation work would become GPL too.
    Also there seem to be some leeway to interpretation regarding patent grants from Oracle to forkers in GPL v2.

    • can-a-tuna
    • 12 years ago

    Fudzilla is nvidia’s poodle. Fuad never says anything positive about AMD/ATI. Rest of the folk there seem more reasonable.

    • plasticplate
    • 12 years ago

    I had owned an 9700 Pro too. In fact it was my first card when i just got into college ( *sigh* i’m getting old). It was definately a winner for ATI. Just wish Caymen could be as good (Competition good for costumer yada yada yada..).But fudzilla says it would be a hot chip. That would be bad. But then again, its a rumor by Faud, so it doesnt hold much credit..

    • CampinCarl
    • 12 years ago

    Wait. I’m confused–I thought that Sun (now owned by Oracle) left Java as open source. What’s so wrong with Android’s implementation being slightly ‘derivative’?

    • poulpy
    • 12 years ago

    The X1900s were quite potent AFAIR, quick trip down the memory lane: §[<<]§ q[To put it short, ATI has recaptured performance leadership for now and graphics cards based on the Radeon X1900 XTX are the boards of choice at a rather excessive price-points of *[<$649<]* [..]]q Funny they listed as downers: - dual slot cooler - 120W peak power consumption (which nowadays would be nVidia top end's breakfast)

    • poulpy
    • 12 years ago


    • Goty
    • 12 years ago

    The X1900XT and XTX were highly competitive cards in their day, with the XTX often being as fast or faster than the 7950 GX2.

    • Voldenuit
    • 12 years ago

    R300 was win. My 9700 Pro was the longest I’d ever owned a gaming card for, because it was still good enough for most games years after it came out.

    Unfortunately, ATI grew complacent and reused the R300 architecture in the R420 (X800), resulting in a noncompetitive part that was still using Shader Model 2 when nvidia was coming out with SM3.0 parts. And the failure was repeated yet again with the R500 series which were uncompetitive with the GeForce 7×00 series. It wasn’t until the RV770 (Radeon HD48x0) that ATI had a part that could keep up with nvidia’s offerings, and that’s a long, dry spell indeed.

    If AMD wants to compare Cayman with one of their historical high points, more power to them. I’m hoping they’ve also learnt from the mistakes and complacency that led them to cede the crown after just a single generation.

    /Hindsight Man, signing out.

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago


    • Crayon Shin Chan
    • 12 years ago

    Who else here remembers the R300? I remember my cousin used to work at TSMC and I would bug him about whether NV30 or R300 was faster.

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