Wednesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. BusinessWeek: AMD’s six-month CEO search may overshadow profit improvement
  2. Mac Rumors: Lion promo materials begin appearing

    in third-party stores as Apple plans overnights

  3. The Inquirer: Maxeler says Intel’s Knights Ferry simplicity might not suit HPC
  4. VR-Zone reports Intel mulling PCI Express x2 interface
  5. TC Magazine: Lenovo IdeaPad K1, ThinkPad Tablet launching today, apparently
  6. C|Net reports Windows 8 to spawn new breed of low-cost laptops
  7. AMD: Xbox 720 graphics will look like Avatar –
  8. Ars Technica reports id Software’s John Carmack sticks up for Call of Duty


  1. WSJ reports some Apple directors ponder CEO succession
  2. AppleInsider has notes of interest from Apple’s Q3 2011 conference call
  3. MarketWatch: Tech stocks get bolstered as IBM leads gains
  4. TC Magazine: Intel acquiring Ethernet chip designer Fulcrum Microsystems

    and Cisco to slash 6,500 jobs, sell Mexico plant to Foxconn

  5. Skull Candy prices upsized IPO at $20 / share – underwriter
  6. TechFlash reports Zynga IPO casts light on high-stakes social games competition

    and Microsoft offers $250K reward for info on Rustock botnet

  7. MSNBC reports U.S. arrests 16 for roles in PayPal cyber attack
  8. Creative piracy: The movies are free, it’s the DVD cases that cost money – Ars Technica

Hardware news

  1. AppleInsider: Apple may begin to phase out legacy 13″ white MacBook
  2. SemiAccurate: Southern Islands, Kepler, and Apple’s A6 process puzzle outed

    and RapidIO goes after PCI Express

  3. VR-Zone reports ECS motherboards now equipped with solid capacitors
  4. HotHardware: Corsair introduces limited edition 1.5V 8GB Dominator GT kit

    and Super Talent touts new MasterDrive KX3 SSD for ultrathins and tablets

  5. StorageReview reports Patriot Pyro SSDs announced
  6. VR-Zone reports Western Digital introduces new My Book Studio external hard disk
  7. SuperSite for Windows: Microsoft’s Explorer Touch Mouse coming in September
  8. Newegg’s best deals of the week
  9. Dealzon’s deals: $480 coupon for 17.3” hp Envy 17 3D i7-2630QM / 1080p / glasses,

    $300 off 13.3” Toshiba L730-BT4N11 Pentium B940, $150 coupon for Dell XPS 8300

    Quad i7-2600 PC, and $70 off 128GB Plextor PX-M2 series 2.5″ SSD


  1. Google’s Schmidt: Android to be Asia’s mobile gateway – ZDNet Asia
  2. AppleInsider: Apple planning major (iPhone) product transition by end of September
  3. Fudzilla reports RIM PlayBook not being discontinued

    and TI OMAP 4 4460 dual at 1.5GHz this fall

  4. PreCentral reports Amazon and Costco kick off hp TouchPad price war
  5. WSJ reports Amazon to battle Apple iPad with tablet
  6. Ars Technica reports Android 3.2 rolling out to some Xooms, SDK released
  7. SlashGear reports Google+ for iPhone app released


  1. Computerworld on why enterprises will skip Windows 8
  2. Mac Rumors on making an OS X Lion boot disc
  3. Ars Technica: Developer gets Chromium OS up and running on a MacBook Air

    and seven under-the-radar Lion features you might have missed

    and the Unix revolution—thank you, Uncle Sam?

  4. AppleInsider: ‘Neat stuff coming‘ soon to iTunes Store, Apple teases
  5. SuperSite for Windows: Windows Server 8 hints at Microsoft’s private cloud plans
  6. All About Microsoft: Microsoft shows off Avatar Kinect shortly before expected release
  7. Phoronix on S2TC: A possible workaround for the S3TC patent situation
  8. Ars Technica’s hands-on with Spotify
  9. SuperSite for Windows on Whistler: A look back at Windows XP pre-release versions
  10. AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.80.1481 beta
  11. VirtualBox
  12. NiBiTor v6.03


  1. TechFlash: Microsoft invests $15M to help bring video games to classroom
  2. Shacknews reports Xbox 360 update promises ‘no new features’

    and The Darkness 2 delayed to 2012 and

    Unstoppable Gorg announced by Futuremark

    and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 coming to PC, Mac

    and Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition revealed

    and Voltron: Defender of the Universe announced for XBLA, PSN

  3. Examiner: American McGee’s Alice Madly Enhanced mod update

    released and Perfected Doom 3 v5.4.0 mod released

  4. Dawn of War II: Retribution update released on Steam
  5. Ars Technica: PC, Mac game Fotonica mixes primordial CGI with modern style
  6. A witness to the fall: Ars reviews Bastion on the XBLA
  7. Shacknews pens Bastion review
  8. Tech Drive-in lists top 10 FPS games for Linux
  9. Steam’s midweek madness – GRID

Systems and storage

  1. HotHardware’s Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s laptop review
  2. TechReviewSource’s Acer Aspire One 722 review
  3. Expreview’s AMD Llano A8-3850 APU overclocking test
  4. techPowerUp’s AMD A8-3850 Fusion GPU performance analysis
  5. ocaholic’s LGA 1155 benchmark comparison table
  6. TechSpot’s Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard review
  7. Hardware Secrets on ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 motherboard
  8. X-bit labs review Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
  9. OC3D’s Biostar 1155 TZ68A+ review
  10. ocaholic on Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z – layout and design
  11. Guru3D’s MSI 990FXA-GD80 motherboard review
  12. Hardware Heaven’s 256GB Samsung 470 series SSD review
  13. ocinside on 256GB Crucial m4 / 256GB Micron RealSSD C400 SSDs


  1. PureOC reviews VisionTek Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  2. TechReaction reviews Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU
  3. The Overclocker Café reviews HIS HD 6570 Silence
  4. Kitguru’s XFX EyeFinity Stand review
  5. t-break’s Panasonic Lumix GH2 review
  6. Big Bruin, Legit Reviews, Modders-Inc, and NinjaLane

    review Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 gaming headset

  7. TecCentral’s Teufel Concept D 500 THX – 2.1 review (in German)

Power, case, and cooling

  1. [H]ard|OCP’s 1200W In Win Commander II PSU review
  2. TweakTown’s 1050W Corsair HX1050 PSU review
  3. XtremeComputing’s BitFenix Shinobi window case review
  4. OCModShop reviews NZXT FX Enthusiast 140mm fan
Comments closed
    • burntham77
    • 9 years ago

    “Tech Drive-in lists top 10 FPS games for Linux”

    And suddenly, we all stopped and said, “Wait, Linux has FPS games?”

    Then we all read the awkwardly written article and said, “No… no it doesn’t.”

      • SonicSilicon
      • 9 years ago

      Quake 3 : Arena. Uneral Tournament. Serious Sam : First and Second Encounters.

      Yup, I think that’s about it.

      On a serious note, the only one on Tech Drive-in’s list I’ve tried is Warsow. That’s one steep learning curve and a very high level of coordination for movement control.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 9 years ago

        Nexuiz, OpenArena, Tremulous, America’s Army, Urban Terror, Tremulous, World of Padman, Alien Arena, Descent 2, Quake Wars, Quake4, Shogo, Soldier of Fortune, RTCW, ST: Elite Force, Tribes 2, Wolf: ET, etc.

        Linux has games, and it also can run windows games via wine and Cedega.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    “Intel acquiring Ethernet chip designer Fulcrum Microsystems”

    Intel is buying another company. I can’t keep track lol.

    Neelycam since you have more free time than I do, you should list the companies Intel has bought in the past 6 yrs.

      • dpaus
      • 9 years ago

      Aren’t posts here limited to 1,048,576 characters?

      • Althernai
      • 9 years ago

      They’ve got to do something with all that money. They just posted [url=<]record revenue[/url<] results again.

    • ET3D
    • 9 years ago

    The Acer Aspire One 722 looks pretty sweet. At first the use of the C-50 threw me off, but that’s a sub-$300 ($290 inc shipping on Amazon) 11.6″ laptop with 2GB of RAM and Windows Home Premium. That’s an almost no brainer choice over a netbook.

      • willmore
      • 9 years ago

      Just got one this weekend from Target. $250 with a $50 gift card.

      The screen is a huge step up from the 1024×768 Atom standard. Plus, the chip has the ability to actually sling enough pixels to fill it–which is something the Atom (without help from nVidia’s ION) isn’t able to.

      Generally, it feels snappier than the Toshiba NB255-N245 we have. I can actually play a number of real games on it. For example, HL2 at native resolution. It lags a bit at times, but the Atom has trouble with Plants vs Zombies.

      I’m waiting for the battery to form, but so far, it looks just as good as the Atom, but with better idle.

      Psychotic fun is running furmark on a netbook and having it actually work. I need to do some benchmarks, but I think it’s faster than my wife’s HP G70 w/Intel 4500HD graphics.

    • spartus4
    • 9 years ago

    I think all the talk of Amazon making a tablet is way off. Jeff Bezos, Co-Founder and CEO, basically says that they won’t compete with iPad. Here is the video of him saying this (It’s about half way down on the page).


    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    PCIe x2 slots, eh? Can’t they already take a physical x4 connector and only wire up half the lanes, or will that simply not work?

      • Hattig
      • 9 years ago

      That should work, I believe that is part of the spec, and I was sure that x2 was part of the PCIe spec – maybe it was dropped for PCIe2 as it wasn’t being used…

      It seems the issue is that Intel’s chipset is gimped and only has eight lanes available – if you use x4 links (even with half wired up) you only get two peripheral chips, whereas with proper x2 you would get four peripheral chips (or more likely, two x2 peripheral chips, two x1 chips and two x1 slots).

      • willmore
      • 9 years ago

      I think a 2x should have been in the standard from the beginning, as it’s the only power of two size missing. But, that said, I think Intel is being a bit disengenuous in the fact that a 1x card at PCI-E 2.0 or 3.0 signaling would serve the exact same purpose–if only Intel would make chipsets/processors that *had* higher speed peripherial PCI-E links.

      It seems like it would be a bit easier to just up the speed of the tranceivers on the chipsets they produce than to roll out a whole new slot.

      Oh, hey, Intel, do us a favor, this time, make the spec for the slot *open ended* so we don’t have to dremel cards and slots anymore, please? I know you won’t, because you’re worried about all of the 4x, 8x, and 16x cards that’ll freak out if they see 2x, right?

    • Applecrusher
    • 9 years ago

    IX. Steam’s midweek madness – GRID

    Didn’t they remove online play for GRID not long ago? Or am I thinking of another game..

      • Palek
      • 9 years ago

      I think it was in fact GRID. But at $5.0 it’s still great value if you don’t particularly like/want on-line play.

    • The Dark One
    • 9 years ago

    Every generation of hardware, some marketing guy will claim, “It’s just like Movie X!”

    It never is. There’s no way consumer hardware will be able to output a 2k image with anywhere close to the level of detail of a major motion picture’s FX shot.

      • mesyn191
      • 9 years ago

      Its the art asset generation that is the real problem. Even if the hardware they have can really pull it off someone has to do the art and PIXAR/Dreamworks/ILM level art assets are hideously expensive to do. I suppose they could shorten the game time to 1 hour or less but at that point you’re playing a glorified demo.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 9 years ago

      I dunno. Crysis seemed like it had movie level graphics, provided it was cranked up.

        • mesyn191
        • 9 years ago

        It had a couple of movie-esue effects but that was it. If you put it side by side with newish CGI films then the difference looks startling.

      • burntham77
      • 9 years ago

      I heard that the new console will produce graphics like Avatar and I thought, “Oh great, so the games will be blue and boring.”

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        As opposed to every other movie that is beige and boring?

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    Soo.. AMD doesn’t have a CEO and they have improved profits. Who’s making decisions in there?

      • codedivine
      • 9 years ago

      Their CFO is acting as the interim CEO.

      • Althernai
      • 9 years ago

      The current profits all come from products developed under Dirk Meyer — the decisions were all made years ago. The question worrying investors is who is making the decisions for future products.

      • Xenolith
      • 9 years ago

      Not having a CEO on salary is one way of reducing costs and improving margins.

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