Wednesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Bloomberg: hp to decide on spinning off PC unit this month, CEO says
  2. CPU World: AMD Opteron 4200 lineup revealed
  3. From IDF: Retina quality 2560×1600 HD panels on Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks – VR-Zone
  4. VR-Zone: GeForce 600 branding leaked in 285 beta drivers
  5. TC Magazine: PowerColor reveals the Devil 13 HD 6970 custom graphics card
  6. AnandTech’s Asus Eee Pad Slider review
  7. Ars Technica reviews Rage
  8. Steam’s midweek madness – Portal 2 50% off + free DLC


  1. X-bit labs: hp acquires control of Autonomy
  2. VR-Zone: Fujitsu launches its own version of an Ultrabook
  3. TC Magazine: Intel makes it official, X58 chipset to retire in 2012
  4. DailyTech reports Microsoft Zune players are officially dead
  5. Dealzon’s deals: $230 off 17.3” Toshiba L770D-BT5N11 AMD A4-3300M,

    $100 off 15.6” Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D350 i7-2670QM glasses-free 3D,

    $280 off 15.6” Toshiba P755-S5270 i5-2410M, and $77 off EVGA GeForce

    GTX 460 1GB PCIe


  1. Blue’s News has Diablo III beta preview
  2. Serious Sam Double D demo from Steam


  1. TC Magazine: Samsung builds up Nexus Prime hype with teaser video
  2. TechSpot on iPhone 4S: How does it stack up?
  3. Hardware Secrets reviews Motorola Atrix


  1. Hardware Heaven reviews Asus RoG G74Sx 3D gaming laptop
  2. HotHardware reviews Alienware M18x gaming notebook
  3. X-bit labs review Asus Maximum IV Extreme
  4. TweakTown reviews 120GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSD
  5. Benchmark Reviews and Guru3D review EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified
  6. Legit Reviews on Nvidia 3D Vision w/ Asus VG236HE 3D display
  7. Hi Tech Legion reviews Asus Xonar Essence STX
  8. XSReviews on Roccat Isku gaming keyboard
  9. ProClockers review 1050W Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid PSU
  10. TweakTown reviews Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 case
  11. TR alum Dustin Sklavos reviews BitFenix Merc Alpha case
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    • GTVic
    • 9 years ago

    [b<]Retina Displays[/b<] - The problem with those calculations is that, while the eye may not be able to distinguish the dots at say 300dpi at typical hand held distance, the eye and the brain can easily notice a quality difference between 300dpi and 600dpi. So I don't believe that 220dpi is optimal or "retinal". I'd like to see 25 dots per mm (dpm) to really do a good job of displaying vector graphics.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    Most of the deals in the bread are just affiliate sites spamming discounts to already low-priced goods.

    Would be great to have actual deals posted, like the Friday main posts.

    • dashbarron
    • 9 years ago

    Oh HP, still selling off PC division. It really seems they have no idea what they’re doing, fickle to public reaction then doubling up as soon as the moment passes; they said they were selling, back-tracked and said maybe, now are full-steam ahead again.

    I never liked you anyways.

    And while I’m at it, your drivers suck and your software=bloatware.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      While I don’t see what article you are referring to regarding confirmation of sale, I have to admit that them keeping the division would probably be a stupid move at this point. Consumer/business is not going to have confidence in their brand if a company said that a division is a handicapped offset of the company’s goals.

      They will get rid of it, and it’ll hurt HP short term, help them long-term with margins.

        • dashbarron
        • 9 years ago

        Oh you’re right I misspoke. Not confirmation* of sale, but the entire shenanigans going on at HP. I wouldn’t propose to know what to do in a multi-billion dollar company, but playing fickle about selling off a major division with a lot of customers seems like something that should be thought through clearly and decisively, not a “ehh, maybe.”

        As alluded to, says wonders for consumer trust. How can anyone feel confident in buying their PCs at this point, especially considering long-term support (realistically a PC doesn’t last that fire long, businesses would last longer though)? And to that, who can have confidence in any short-term business with HP, knowing they might up and quit in a year?

        The margins may be very thin, but I think it would make sense to keep the division just to have a foot in the door for whatever other business proposition and services they want to offer.

      • Ringofett
      • 9 years ago

      Honest question: Which manufacturers drivers DONT suck?

      I’ve got a dm1z that I’ve been very happy with on the driver front, as AMD’s work fine direct from, but can’t comment on model that might mix CPU and GPU vendors.

      Also got an Acer Aspire, and i5 mated with an AMD GPU. That is driver hell, but the rest of its drivers tend to be out of date, and what if you wipe the hard drive and start fresh like we enthusiasts are want to do? Gotta find out what you have before you format, ’cause the driver page for your model might include a 2nd or 3rd very similar model but that came with different chipsets for, say, the USB ports, and you wont know which driver to DL without hit or miss.

      I’d stick to my bread and butter hand-built desktops, which are great at home, but for work I’ve got to use a laptop, and of course friends and family ask too.

    • shakyone
    • 9 years ago


    You are entitled to a mistake once in a while. Maybe the site changed the link, but,
    “XSReviews on Roccat Isku gaming keyboard” link is bad. It goes to a mCube Slim 95 battery pack review.

    Actual link is here: [url<][/url<] I read your post religiously, "EVERY DAY." It is my favorite spot to hit, each morning. Shaky

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      He doesn’t get paid enough to make mistakes!

        • shakyone
        • 9 years ago

        I’m with you there. According to the TR pod-cast(er)s, they don’t pay him anything!

    • Hattig
    • 9 years ago

    Gotta say, a 32W octo-core at 2.5GHz sounds like a real achievement for AMD… of course that is probably going to cost a lot more than the 50W 2.5GHz octo-core! But even 50W isn’t half bad.

      • dpaus
      • 9 years ago

      I’m impressed at the 75W 3GHz octo-core, and wondering why there isn’t a 125W 3GHz 12-core (yet, anyway…)

      EDIT: on closer reading (it’s early in the morning and I’m still on my first cup of coffee), the article notes that those figures “are Average CPU Power, which is lower than Thermal Design Power”

      EDIT #2: of course, it still pales in comparison to the [url=<][i<][b<]1 Watt 64-core[/i<][/b<] co-processor[/url<], but then, those aren't x86 cores, either 🙂

        • Goty
        • 9 years ago

        AMD and Intel do not report TDP in the same way. AMD introduced ACP so as to have a measure closer to what Intel quotes for TDP.

          • NeelyCam
          • 9 years ago

          Not this again…

          AMD introduced ACP to make their power numbers more flattering.

      • sschaem
      • 9 years ago

      32W doing what, and with what efficiency ?

      I’m fine using a 65w CPU if its 3 time faster then a 32w CPU doing the same work…

      Those numbers so far mean near nothing. and those are not even TDP

      • FuturePastNow
      • 9 years ago

      According to the article, a 75W ACP corresponds to a 95W TDP, so these aren’t really any more efficient than the desktop variants at the same clockspeed. They just extend into lower power ranges (and clocks) than the desktop chips will. 50W ACP = 65W TDP and 32W ACP = 35W TDP (although I think that’s a typo and should be 45).

      If they can get a 2.5GHz octo core into the 35-45W range at launch, we’ll see pretty fast mobile chips once they get the 32nm manufacturing kinks worked out. And, potentially, quad-core desktop processors in the 65W TDP range with very high clockspeeds.

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    I’m glad I had breakfast this morning; if I’d been counting on a nice, fat shortbread, I’d have starved before lunchtime…

      • mutarasector
      • 9 years ago

      No Apple fritters, turnovers, or dumplings today, eh?

        • dpaus
        • 9 years ago

        OK, ‘Apple fritters’ is obvious, ‘turnovers’ could only refer to [i<]hp[/i<], but... dumplings?? I can't figure out which soft, pudgy technology firm you're talking about as 'dumplings'. Oracle?

          • eofpi
          • 9 years ago


    • bhtooefr
    • 9 years ago

    Re: the VR-Zone retina-quality Ultrabook article: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. (I just spent almost a kilobuck building an old Core 2 Duo laptop, just to keep my 2048×1536 screen.)

      • dpaus
      • 9 years ago

      I concur, and therefore +1’d you.

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