Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Yahoo! News reports PC 2Q sales weak, raising doubts about earnings
  2. AnandTech has details on AMD Bulldozer: Opterons to feature configurable TDP
  3. Donanim Haber claims to have AMD Bulldozer FX CPU final specs (in Turkish)
  4. Fudzilla reports AMD Brazos drops to $99.99
  5. DailyTech: Sony’s Vaio Z to come stateside with $1,969 starting price
  6. AppleInsider: Apple’s MacBook Air refresh may boost RAM, SSD specs

    and first photo of purported iPad 3 part could hint at material design changes

  7. VR-Zone: Zotac planning return to ATX motherboard market with a bang
  8. TC Magazine: HIS HD 6970 IceQ Mix packs LucidLogix tech, works with Nvidia cards


  1. C|Net reports Google beats analyst sales and earnings estimates
  2. TorrentFreak reports France tracks down 18 million file-sharers
  3. The Inquirer: Zuckerberg closes off Google+ account so he can’t be tracked

Hardware news

  1. TSMC in trial manufacture of Apple’s next-gen A6 chips – source
  2. Fudzilla: Netbooks, tablets, and notebook’s history
  3. VR-Zone: Sparkle updates Calibre series with 6 new models, quad-display GTX 580 included
  4. Newegg’s 72-hour deals
  5. Dealzon’s deals: $50 coupon for 15.6” Toshiba P750D-BT4N22 AMD quad A6-3400M,

    $250 coupon for 14” Lenovo Z470 102246U i5-2410M / 8GB RAM, $50 coupon Dell

    Inspiron 560s slim PC, and $28 off Denon AH-C560R Elite in-ear headphones


  1. HotHardware reports AT&T revises international data rates, but they’re still pricey
  2. Ars Technica reports P2P PayPal payments coming via NFC-capable phones
  3. CVG: Kinect coming to smartphones?
  4. VR-Zone: Apple iPhone 5 to launch before October 4?
  5. Ars Technica: Google’s Android dominance to be challenged by Amazon tablet
  6. Fudzilla: Two ARM A15 cores can outperform four Cortex A9 cores
  7. AnandTech’s Novatel wireless MiFi 4510L review


  1. All About Microsoft on one big Windows world. It’s coming, but when and how
  2. Ars Technica: First Flash 11 beta brings 64-bit support to Linux… finally

    and after Final Cut Pro debacle, does Apple still care about creative pros?

    and will VMware’s new licensing scheme open the door for Microsoft?

  3. Phoronix: AMD Radeon HD 6000 Gallium3D attempts to compete with Catalyst
  4. SuperSite for Windows reviews Apple Mac OS X “Lion
  5. Windows Secrets has Win 7’s no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall
  6. Expreview reports Sandra 2011 SP4 v17.70 released
  7. Opera Next 12.00: JavaScript on a diet


  1. Forbes reports June video game retail sales drop 10%
  2. Fudzilla reports Battlefield 3 marketing spend could reach $50 million
  3. Shacknews: QuakeCon old forums hacked; id retrospective panel announced
  4. Netflix released for Nintendo; Ars Technica goes hands-on
  5. Saints Row: The Third – Professor Genki trailer
  6. Shacknews reports NHL 12 ‘sizzle’ reel showcases new physicality

    and Rovio considering console ports for Angry Birds

  7. Ars Technica: Free-to-play MMO Realm of the Mad God a maddening, retro take on Diablo

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. TechSpot’s ASRock CoreHT 252B HTPC review
  2. PureOC reviews Sapphire Edge-HD2 mini PC
  3. AnandTech’s AMD Fusion E-350 review: motherboards from Asus, ECS & Zotac
  4. Guru3D’s Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z review
  5. NinjaLane’s 4GB Kingston HyperX 2133MHz CL9 dual channel kit review
  6. Benchmark Reviews on 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback Redline PC3-12800 kit
  7. Ars Technica on how Ethernet went from 3Mbps to 100Gbps…
  8. techPowerUp! reviews 128GB Patriot Torqx 2 SSD

Multimedia, cases, and cooling

  1. ocaholic’s Asus GTX 580 Matrix Platinum review
  2. PCPer’s Eyefinity and me – an idiot’s guide to AMD’s multi-monitor technology
  3. Techgage: Disabling Nvidia’s HDMI audio under Linux
  4. Hardware Bistro reviews BitFenix Shinobi case
  5. Björn3D reviews Sentey Optimus case
  6. Hardware Heaven pits Corsair H80 vs. Antec Kuhler H2O 920 CPU coolers
  7. Techgage reviews Corsair H60 liquid CPU cooler
  8. Hardware Canucks review EVGA Superclock CPU cooler
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    • ET3D
    • 8 years ago

    Nice to see Lucid technology is still around. I’ve just been reading some reviews of the PowerColor 6870 X2 which uses uses the Hydra chip (but uses CrossFire over it and not Lucid’s tech). It would be interesting to see how well the HIS HD 6970 IceQ Mix works out.

    • pragma
    • 8 years ago

    Uhh… Must… Comment.

    Multimedia III. Techgaga: Disabling Nvidia’s HDMI audio under Linux.

    Why this news, and how is [i<]that[/i<] article useful? To check what parameters a linux kernel module accepts use e.g. "modinfo snd_hda_intel" To disable nvidia sound but not the audio on motherboard, edit your /etc/*/modprobe.conf options snd_hda_intel enable=1,0

      • Deathspawner
      • 8 years ago

      Hi pragma:

      I’m the author of that article. As I’m sure you’re aware, not all distros are alike, and there doesn’t seem to be a guaranteed solution for fixing the issue. I followed your suggestion as well as I could (neither my Gentoo desktop or Pinguy OS notebook have a modprobe.conf file anywhere) and nothing worked. I even edited the alsa.conf file under the modprobe.d folder to set max cards to ‘0’ and that didn’t help either. This is the big problem with issues like these… one solution might work for one person but not for another. Such is Linux.

      Could you please let me know what distro your steps work on? When someone mentions modprobe.conf but the distro used doesn’t have it, it’s hard to know what file is meant to be used in its place, and that’s a problem where sometimes even Google doesn’t help. Thanks much for the input! Rob

        • Turd-Monkey
        • 8 years ago

        The line he sent should go into /etc/modprobe.d/ like the blacklist line in the article, and you should use underscores instead of dashes in the module name (like were used in the blacklist line).

        You can either add it to the end of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf or give it a new name like disable-hdmi-audio.conf (just make sure to end with .conf)

        The line he gave enables device #1 and disables #2, if nvidia hdmi audio is your only device try:
        options snd-hda-intel enable=0

        • pragma
        • 8 years ago

        The “correct” way to address your problem is probably with persistent udev rules.
        But I’d just hack it up with module options. Try
        options snd slots=,snd_hda_intel
        options snd_hda_intel index=1
        Should make the hda sound your second card (card1) without disabling it.

        or google “alsa persistent ordering” or “alsa multiple cards”

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Kinect coming to smartphones?[/quote<] Face-palm. Literally.

    • revcrisis
    • 8 years ago

    According to VR-Zone today, Bulldozer has been delayed until October. I like AMD and have been supporting them since the S939 days but wow, this means that they are going to be 10-11 months later than Sandy Bridge. We were told that BD would be coming out in June, then it was delayed until August, and now October. When BD hits mass availability it will be close to 1 year behind SB. I assume Intel knows this which is why they are in no hurry to release Ivy Bridge and instead will fill the gap with their SB E-Series. If Intel wanted to, I’m sure they could release Ivy in January of 2012 which would still put them 1 node ahead of AMD. It’s disappointing for AMD, even if they are able to take back the performance crown, it won’t last long. I can’t imagine BD would be able to beat a 6 core Ivy Bridge, especially since Intel’s clock speeds are getting quite high…

      • Vasilyfav
      • 8 years ago

      Also the clocks in the final specs are lower than what has been released before.

      The flagship went down from 3.8 to 3.6 stock and the next model after that drops down a hefty 500 mHz. It looks like they are having massive trouble getting the clocks they want at the yields they need to make money and stay competitive with 2600k. I’m also quite confused by the 8120 having 2 different TDPs. Are those for turbo mode and without? If yes, then it is guaranteed to not be competitive with Sandy in power consumption just on being 125W.

      The [b<]only[/b<] good news in those specs is that all processors there are black edition and should be a mecca for overlockers and enthusiasts. Unfortunately for AMD, that's a tiny segment and they need their server lineup to be competitive first and foremost. I've been an AMD enthusiast for some time and I hope BD won't be another disappointment like vanilla Phenom with TLB bugs, but it's looking pretty grim at this point. I also do not want to sit without a modern CPU until October.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 8 years ago

        Bulldozer – server CPU, also conveniently repurposed for high end desktop
        Server release – not delayed
        Desktop release – who knows?

        Sandy Bridge E/EN/EX – server CPU, also conveniently repurposed for high end desktop
        Server release – a good ways off
        Desktop release – who knows?

        High end desktop enthusiasts – not important to either AMD [i<]or[/i<] Intel. Don't feel singled out by AMD. This is the reality from here on out. AMD needs for their server market to pick up to make money, and Bulldozer is potentially ahead of Intel there, not behind. They really just don't care about a particular i7. Intel has made it very clear for years that i7s are meant to be 1-2% of shipments. That only went up from 1% because they started using the i7 brand for laptops. The sale of expensive desktop CPUs is declining. Look at Intel's current lineup. There is no $600 Sandy Bridge, even though there was a $600 Lynnfield i7, and they're discontinuing the $600 six-core Westmere due to lack of demand. That wasn't AMD's doing.

          • Ushio01
          • 8 years ago

          “There is no $600 Sandy Bridge, even though there was a $600 Lynnfield i7, and they’re discontinuing the $600 six-core Westmere due to lack of demand. That wasn’t AMD’s doing.”

          You mean the i7-970? that was discontinued and replaced by the i7-980.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 8 years ago

            Well then, so it was. I didn’t see that the 980 is now on sale. Thank you for pointing that out.

            Interestingly, it’s once again $600, whereas the 970 launched at $900 and was actually cut down before it had a replacement. That’s not very much like Intel, and yet another sign of the times.

      • mganai
      • 8 years ago

      Haven’t read anything about a 6-core Ivy Bridge yet.

    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    Extremely disappointed that Bulldozer is still MIA with no hard launch date in sight. All we have are blog posts from AMD and leaked benchmark numbers. AMD must be hurting really badly in desktops this quarter.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 8 years ago

      The desktop market isn’t dictated by the flavor of the month CPU amongst a comparitive handful of people who put together their own computers. Like laptops, it’s dictated by what goes on Best Buy shelves.

      Servers are where they’re hurting, and that wasn’t delayed, so they’re obviously not going to care very much about the desktop release.

      • dashbarron
      • 8 years ago

      See my comments here: [url<][/url<]

    • wobbles-grogan
    • 8 years ago

    A console version of Angry Birds. Talk about cashing in!

    I wouldnt mind if the game was actually good!!

      • bfar
      • 8 years ago

      Yea, it’s pretty rubbish. Made for the lowest common denominator of gamers. Bit like Mills and Boon (maybe not that bad!).

        • Vasilyfav
        • 8 years ago

        [quote<]Made for the lowest common denominator of gamers.[/quote<] As are most console games, so no surprise there.

        • Goty
        • 8 years ago

        I like Angry Birds… =(

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          you would 😛

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          It’s fine for wasting some time, but I don’t think I would pay more than a dollar for it.

          As it is, I got it for free.

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      My friends’ kids love it. Of course they’re all under 8, so that’s understandable.

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