Saturday Shortbread

7 Up

  1. TechFlash reports Yahoo! stock drop raises takeover possibility
  2. Mac Rumors reports posts more details

    about Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus

  3. X-bit labs: AMD considers equipping FX chips with liquid-cooling solutions
  4. Fudzilla reports Intel wants $20 for Atom chipset
  5. Nvidia: We are well prepared for 28nm process
  6. bit-tech commemorates the PC’s 30th anniversary
  7. PCPer’s John Carmack interview: GPU race, Intel graphics, ray tracing, voxels & more


  1. Mac Rumors reports no Apple media event on September 7th
  2. TWL’s Black Hat 2011 coverage
  3. AppleInsider: Apple begins trial production of A6 processor set to launch in 2012
  4. TC Magazine reports QPAD readies the OM-75 optical gaming mouse

    and Thermaltake unveils the Spacecraft VF-I mid-tower PC chassis

  5. Newegg’s weekend deals


  1. Expreview: HTC 10″ Puccini tablet to debut in Europe on September 1st
  2. TC Magazine: Samsung schedules New York event for August 29, Galaxy S II to star
  3. AppleInsider shares rumor: Apple to begin ‘iPhone 4S,’

    iPad 3 production in Sept. for Oct. launch

  4. VR-Zone reports ‘iPhone 4GS‘ shows up in China
  5. Mac Rumors: Apple’s low-cost iPhone to be an ‘iCloud’ iPhone?
  6. TechFlash reports Skype, Microsoft have big plans for the Windows Phone
  7. MegaTech guide: Jailbreaking your Apple iDevice part 2


  1. Mac Rumors: Apple updates anti-malware

    definitions to address fake Flash Player trojan

  2. AppleInsider: Apple releases new developer builds of Mac OS X Lion, iCloud
  3. BCW on Corel VideoStudio Pro X4


  1. TC Magazine: Google+ added a games section, Angry Birds is there, too

    and Facebook counters Google+ with its own gaming updates

  2. Fudzilla reports Rock Band 3 to be re-released
  3. Left 4 Dead 2 update released on Steam

Systems, storage, and networking

  1.’s Sapphire Edge HD2 mini PC review
  2. Hardware Secrets on Acer Aspire 5750 laptop
  3. ocaholic’s Sony Vaio S – VPC-SB1S1EW review
  4. PCReview on Thecus N2200XXX NAS
  5. X-bit labs review Asus RT-N56U Black Diamond router


  1. Contemporary graphics cards in Crysis 2 DirectX 11: Crysis 2 revisited at X-bit labs
  2. PureOC reviews Asus GTX 580 Matrix Platinum
  3. Puget Labs on Gigabyte Radeon HD 6750 / 6770 Silent Cell video cards
  4. Kitguru reviews Tt eSports Shock One gaming headset
  5. Real World Labs on SteelSeries Spectrum 7XB wireless headset
  6. techPowerUp! reviews Head-Direct HiFiMAN RE-242 earphones
  7. Hardware Heaven reviews the new Razer Mamba (4G, dual sensor)

Cases and cooling

  1. BCCHardware reviews Thermaltake Level 10 GT case
  2. HardwareLook reviews Thermaltake Armor A30 case
  3. Legit Reviews on SilverStone Precision PS06 case
  4. APH Networks on Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 and NZXT Source 210 Elite cases
  5. Björn3D reviews Enermax TBSilence 120mm fans
  6. X-bit labs review Auras Shagon ARC-118 and AHC-118

    CPU coolers with Direct-Contact technology

  7. TechReaction reviews Nexus LOW-7000 rev. 2 HSF
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    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<] TechFlash reports Yahoo! stock drop raises takeover possibility [/quote<] And why would one buy a sinking ship?

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 8 years ago

      Because you think you can patch it before it goes down.

    • jensend
    • 8 years ago

    I guess this is old news (announced last year) but I hadn’t realized it until I read the Carmack interview summary linked above:[quote<]There was an interesting talk about the id Tech 5 engine and how it will be licensed – it won’t! In fact, only the ZeniMax family of developers will be able to utilize the engine to build new games.[/quote<]This sounds to me like admitting failure. I guess more companies are using their own engines these days, and id tech 4 wasn't all that successful on the licensing front, but I kind of miss seeing id licensing helping carry the OpenGL and cross-platform banners forward. I guess they haven't really even committed to mac or linux ports of id Tech 5, though they've said they'd like to do it.

      • YeuEmMaiMai
      • 8 years ago

      well Carmack sold out the PC gamer long ago so who cares if ID tech5 is not available in our games? Someone else will fill his shoes nicely if he does not want to make PC game engines

    • NeelyCam
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Nvidia: We are well prepared for 20nm process[/quote<] That should be "We are well prepared for [b<]28nm[/b<] process" BTW, from the article: [quote<]"We are far better prepared for 28nm than we were for 40nm...." said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia.[/quote<] If I remember correctly didn't NVidia say it was all TSMC's fault?

      • jensend
      • 8 years ago

      Your post reminds me of the sad controversies that develop whenever somebody dares to say that maybe it’s not the most prudent thing for women to dress in skanky clothing when they’re going to walk alone through certain areas of town at night. “You’re blaming the victim!!” Well, no- all the responsibility for the crime rests squarely with the perpetrator- but that’s still not a prudent and wise thing to do.

      It’s entirely plausible for Jen-Hsun to maintain both that TSMC’s problems were fully responsible for their delays etc. and that nV should have been more prudent by being much better prepared to face surprises and problems from the fab process.

      Blame, unlike matter-energy or momentum, is not a conserved quantity which has to be portioned out. Instead, there’s always plenty to go round; help yourselves to an extra serving!

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago


      • Geistbar
      • 8 years ago

      Depending on what the specific problem with the process is, many of them can be designed around. I remember reading about the design of the Radeon 4xxx series, where they knew there were specific process issues, and placed extra vias in their design, to get around the issue. Ostensibly, placing extra vias would be an unnecessary design decision, but it allowed them to avoid a big potential issue.

      Nvidia is probably doing something along those lines with their chips for the 28nm process, taking lessons learned from the errors with the 40nm process and extrapolating as to what would still be present (or, even made worse) in the smaller process. This allows for it to be TSMC’s “fault”, while still having Nvidia better prepared for it.

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        I saw those reports about via issues. You know, using redundant vias has been a DFM recommendation for a long time, but I guess nobody cared until the via yields really became an issue.

        I’ve said it before that the 4xxx series was a brilliant move by ATI/AMD, NVidia got seriously burned while AMD was making a killing with 5xxx series, benefiting from the 4xxx experience.

        One could always call it TSMC’s fault, but it’s hard to scale down, and most of the responsibility for manufacturability these days lies on the customer who wants the scaled-down process. That’s just a fact of life. On 40nm, AMD did it right, NVidia did it wrong. Hopefully NVidia figured it out so the playing field would be more even on 28nm (although I’ve heard many reports about NVidia delays on 28nm… mainly from Charlie, but still…)

    • My Johnson
    • 8 years ago

    Apple is going to TSMC. Nice. Welcome to the world of perpetual production backlog.

    • chuckula
    • 8 years ago


    1. Intel REALLY needs to cut prices if it wants to get leverage in the tablet & smartphone markets. Unlike the PC world, having a big name & even having a faster processor will not help if you are massively more expensive.

    2. If AMD really is throwing in water coolers with Bulldozers, this is more a sign of desperation than confidence. From what I’ve seen of the closed-loop coolers, you can do just as well with the Noctuas or Maghalems too.

      • Jypster
      • 8 years ago

      “Both AMD and Intel are now considering to bundle self-contained coolers with their enthusiast-class FX and Core i7 3000-series “Sandy Bridge E” (SNB-E) microprocessors in a bid to offer better user experience and allow to overclock their chips better right out of the box.”

      So does that make Intel desperate as well? It is not the first time both companies have looked at this in their high end products.

        • PeterD
        • 8 years ago

        The “heat myth” is a classic attack on AMD.
        Anyway: it’s not important for the user. Even if AMD’s µp’s ran hotter than Intel’s, it only mentioned that pc builders had to take precautions by installing better ventilators.
        It didn’t have anything to do with user experience, but gosh what a great attack it was.

          • NeelyCam
          • 8 years ago

          And fast-running fans have absolutely nothing to do with user comfort… Noise is irrelevant when you have an AMD discrete GPU card in your system, right?

          There is no myth – AMD [i<]was[/i<] running hotter. Hotter CPU means bigger/better/louder cooling approaches. Intel keeps stepping ahead in process technology; every new node brings in more power efficiency, and. Like it or not, AMD is behind. Zacate and Llano are both designed for lower power, but they are still behind the best Intel solutions.

          • smilingcrow
          • 8 years ago

          ‘The “heat myth” is a classic attack on AMD.’

          The power consumption of AMD desktop CPUs has been very poor compared to Intel’s chips for years now which has made their performance per watt very uncompetitive.
          It may not be a major issue in the mainstream market but for the enthusiasts (over-clockers and silent PC crowd) it has had a negative impact.

          If Bulldozer FX is close to Sandy Bridge E in performance per watt then the issue of bundled water coolers is an irrelevance.
          If it matches an i7-2600K but using a 125W TDP versus 95W for the i7 which also includes the GPU again the weaker performance per watt will have an impact on the enthusiast market.
          I don’t think that would be significant for the mainstream market which is where the money is but it is not the myth that you suggest.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    I liked the bit-tech 30 year PC anniversary article.

    and, first post!

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