Tuesday Shortbread

The Starting Five

  1. AMD says “enough
  2. AnandTech: Heterogeneous and GPU compute with AMD’s Manju Hegde
  3. Introducing the Leap (video)
  4. VR-Zone reports early MSI socket FM2 motherboard tips up

    and ASRock first with Q77 motherboard, a little bit too early in fact

    and Asus P8C WS motherboard targets Xeons with the C216 chipset

  5. Fudzilla: No overclocked GTX 690 at Computex


  1. Ars Technica: ITC judge says Apple, RIM still aren’t violating Kodak patent
  2. DailyTech: Google gets “last chance” to settle with EU on antitrust abuses
  3. Bloomberg: Alibaba buys back 20% stake from Yahoo! for $7.1 billion
  4. Hi Tech Legion covers Nvidia GPU Technology Conference
  5. DailyTech: Lenovo’s 27″ IdeaCentre A720 AIO launches
  6. Fudzilla: Top of 17W Celeron range is 877
  7. VR-Zone: Intel is going after the Gigabit cable modem market
  8. Newegg’s quick draw deals


  1. DailyTech: Smartphone giants Apple and Samsung prepare for settlement talks
  2. Fudzilla: Is GameStop getting into mobile phones?
  3. The Ben Heck Show: Android to the rescue

Software and gaming

  1. Linux Mint 13 “Maya” released
  2. VR-Zone: Elgato announces the Game Capture HD
  3. Ars Technica: Early 2013 becoming new “holiday season” for some game developers
  4. CVG on Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut: Hackett, EDI, and Alenko returning
  5. Hardware Heaven’s Dragon’s Dogma review (Xbox 360)

Systems and storage

  1. NinjaLane: How I prepared for MOA America’s qualifier
  2. ocaholic offers buying advice: High-performance desktop PC
  3. TR alum Dustin Sklavos pens hp Z420 workstation review
  4. Tbreak’s MSI GT70 gaming laptop review
  5. TechReviewSource on Samsung Series 7 (NP700G7C-S01US)
  6. AnandTech’s ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional review – IDE and floppy on Z77
  7. Techgage reviews Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2
  8. Futurelooks has Intel Z77 motherboards roundup
  9. OCC’s Sapphire Pure Platinum Z77K review
  10. Guru3D’s MSI Z77A GD80 review
  11. LanOC Reviews on Asus P8 Z68-V/Gen3
  12. Hardware.Info reviews 4TB WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo
  13. The SSD Review on 240GB Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD
  14. TweakTown reviews 128GB Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD
  15. CowcotLand reviews 120GB Intel 330 Series SSD (in French)


  1. OC3D’s Nvidia GTX 670 review
  2. techPowerUp’s VTX3D HD 7970 X-Edition 3GB review
  3. HT4U reviews Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC WindForce 3 (in German)
  4. Bits and Chips review Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate (in Italian)
  5. Phoronix hosts the May 2012 open-source Radeon graphics showdown
  6. VR-Zone’s Corsair Vengeance K60 keyboard & M60 mouse review
  7. KitGuru’s CM Storm Sentinel Advance II mouse review (w/ Speed VX Padz)
  8. Modders-Inc reviews Cooler Master Quick Fire Pro keyboard

Cases and cooling

  1. OC3D reviews Corsair Vengeance C70 case
  2. The SSD Review on BitFenix’s Shinobi XL case
  3. Rbmods on Cooler Master Silencio 450 case
  4. ProClockers on Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro liquid cooling system
  5. FrostyTech and Funky Kit review Tt Frio Extreme CPU cooler
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    • Sam125
    • 7 years ago

    ‘AMD says “enough” ‘

    Sounds like a tacit admittance that AMD can’t and won’t try to make the fastest CPUs anymore. Not like it’s extremely important anymore anyway outside of the cloud.

      • Sam125
      • 7 years ago

      No, I’m not an AMD fanboy. It’s just the reality of the current market situation. Haha, I’m such a downer on this topic. :p

      • smilingcrow
      • 7 years ago

      ‘Not like it’s extremely important anymore anyway outside of the cloud’

      Workstations. Content Creation (Video Editing etc). Transcoding. CAD. etc

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 7 years ago

        Reed did say laptops specifically.

          • smilingcrow
          • 7 years ago

          Laptop sales are eating into desktop sales year by year so not a niche product. There are mobile workstations also.

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      To me it sounds like, well, since what they have now is already enough for what we need, they’re gonna stop developing faster processors altogether. Too bad Intel has faster chips nowadays and devs will continue to exploit that computing power (yeah, with bloatware!) until even those Ivy’s and Haswells are slow as snails. Then what will AMD’s performance look like? Even worse, of course, until nobody even bothers to buy AMD because drying paint is faster than their Steamrollers and Excavators. Then AMD will fade off, and Intel will drop their tick-tock thingy.

      Stop using the computer and go out for some outdoor fun. It’s a fine day.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]AMD says "enough"[/quote<] This is the most pathetic thing I ever heard in the computer industry ever since I started using computers more than 20 years ago. Edit - Funny how AMD is saying this simply because they can't catch up to Intel anymore. Never heard Intel say such a stupid thing, thank goodness. If Bulldozer nuked Sandy Bridge I bet my *ss AMD wouldn't be saying such stupid nonsense.

      • Visigoth
      • 7 years ago

      I concur. This is why I hate their bullsh*t attitude so much. “Oh look, we can’t compete, so let’s invent a silly excuse to divert attention to the real issues plaguing our products”. Pathetic, to say the least!

      Besides, everyone with half a brain knows there’s always a need for faster, more advanced computers. There’s always new things to develop, things that even now we could only dream of, might be possible in the future. If this industry was stagnant, we’d all still be using DOS on a monochrome screen.

      Computing = progress, if you can’t handle this, GTFO.

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        If Intel said that we don’t need more computing power, I still MIGHT believe it. But AMD? With Bulldozer failing to even nip at Sandy Bridge’s toes in terms of per-core performance, er… no. That’s utter BS. Then again, AMD has been pouring out lots of BS lately ever since Barcelona came out and they were saying it was gonna beat Clovertown by 40%.

      • Sam125
      • 7 years ago

      …why don’t you ask Otellini what tick-tock really stands for?

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        Tick Tock = It’s the sound of AMD’s clock as they steadily run out of time.

    • jburnsid
    • 7 years ago

    Linux Mint 13 is an RC release, not a final.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Diablo III getting hacked…

    [url<]http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/05/21/shout-at-the-devil-blizzard-acknowledges-diablo-iii-hacks/[/url<] Yah for always online DRM... Thankyou very much for making my entire account "always hackable". Have zero intention to play anymore till I know they've resolved the server side intrusion.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      Blizzard continues to surprise me…they tick off tons of people on D3 launch night, despite having a great release for WoW’s last expansion. Now, even though they have 10.2 million people playing WoW, it’s their new game that gets hacked and exploited. What gives? People make mistakes, but it’s shocking to see someone make a mistake on something that they handeled well before.

      Side note, lost connection to a server after uncovering a whole map. I’m an explorer, so this was extremely frustrating. Not sure when I’ll play again.

    • cygnus1
    • 7 years ago

    That Leap thing is probably going to get sued into oblivion by MS or somebody. It seems really similar to Kinect type technology.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    AMD says “enough”

    What he should be saying is enough of the countless review sites that put up endless benchmarks of the same two games without putting anything in perspective just to get ad buys.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      I was hoping the article would say “enough hardware, more driver growth”, but alas, no.

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      What he’s saying though, is that people should find the FX-8150 adequate for their needs, and shouldn’t ask for anything more. 🙂

      [Yeah, like who needs a Sandy Bridge?? Cough cough!]

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 7 years ago

    I hope that TR’s upcoming system guide is better than the PC component choices from OCaholic. I’m surprised to see a Core i7-3770 (non-K) processor in their list.

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 7 years ago

      TR’s system guides are always the best. In fact, I think it was actually the guide which brought me here in the first place. That along with all the help I recieved in the forums, the amazing podcast, and the shortbread which makes it a one stop shop for tech news is what keeps me coming here. Plus we’ve got actual contests intead of random givaways, great benchmarking and journalism, and sexy scatter plots…the list goes on and on. There’s really no other website that compares. The only thing it really lacks is Anand’s convenient “Bench” feature which I really like for comparisons, but even that isn’t very reliable if they keep changing their test setup. To be fair, Anand does some great technical and informative journalism on his own and comes in second place for tech sites IMO.

        • DeadOfKnight
        • 7 years ago

        Actually the main reason I go to AnandTech is more for the reviews on gadgets and mobile devices. TR isn’t heavily focused on those, which is a good thing because I think if they tried to cover all that as well they would be spreading themselves too thin.

          • Farting Bob
          • 7 years ago

          Yea, i like how TR still ONLY does desktop Pc hardware reviews (other than a few blog posts and obviously all the news stories). Anand does terrific writeups and know their stuff better than almost anyone. I often read their technical writeups but not usually pay attention to their benchmarking results, which i prefer TR if its an option.

            • DeadOfKnight
            • 7 years ago

            Well they do some ultraportable and tablet reviews, but they’re few and far between. It’s appropriate though because desktop power users still need something to take with them.

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah i think TR’s tablet reviews are just a copy/paste of similar formats from other websites. If / when they really put some effort into them, they’ll make a more fully-featured review / testing methodology. As is stands that is kind of a huge problem though, as every tablet is different from the next, there are massive amounts of modding/custom roms which completely change performance / behaviors. It’s a daunting task and would only erode their desktop efforts.

            • entropy13
            • 7 years ago

            Well, TR’s tablet reviews doesn’t seem to be “up there” in the “reviews hierarchy” right now, so what we get now would have to do.

            Also, I’ll just like to add a reply to a reply of a reply to a reply of a reply to a reply of a comment.

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