Tuesday Shortbread

The Fierce Five

  1. New AMD FX offering expands list of highly

    affordable, performance desktop components

  2. Fudzilla: Haswell starts from $184

    and top Haswell chipset is Z87

  3. X-bit labs: Kingston announces enterprise-class SSDs
  4. VR-Zone: No Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 before March 2013, Maxwell only in 2014?
  5. Engadget: LG preps 21:9 aspect ratio EA93 and WQHD

    EA83 series IPS LCD monitors for debut at IFA 2012


Tuesday

  1. Fudzilla: Intel partners with VMware
  2. HotHardware’s podcast
  3. Dealzon’s deals: $300 off 14″ Toshiba R945 i5-3210M, $170 off 14″ Asus

    X401A Pentium B970, $111 coupon for 14″ Lenovo ThinkPad T430s i5-

    3210M, and $250 coupon for 14″ Lenovo U410 i5-3317U / GeForce 610M

Systems and storage

  1. ocaholic offers buying advice: High-performance desktop PC
  2. TechReviewSource on Lenovo IdeaCentre H520s
  3. [H]ard|OCP reviews Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
  4. Legit Reviews on 128GB AData XPG SX900 SSD

Multimedia

  1. [H]ard|OCP tests Nvidida GTX 660 Ti at high AA settings
  2. MegaTechReviews on Samsung HMX-W300 camcorder
  3. techPowerUp! reviews Epic Gear Meduza HDST mouse
  4. Hardware Secrets reviews Gigabyte Aivia Krypton mouse

Casing and cooling

  1. Benchmark Reviews on CM Storm Stryker case
  2. Techreaction reviews Diablotek Cyclops case
  3. PCPer reviews SilverStone Grandia GD07 HTPC case
  4. KitGuru’s Icy Dock MB559U3S external

    3.5″ SATA hard drive enclosure review

  5. HT4U reviews Scythe Big Shuriken 2 (in German)
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    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    You know it is really sad that it seems like you see an intel TV commercial every other hour but AMD’s “advertisements” have now regressed down to announcing a new product on the company blog.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 7 years ago

    Whatever happened to all the shortbread day names?

      • entropy13
      • 7 years ago

      The names were stolen…

      at the dead of night.

        • dashbarron
        • 7 years ago

        YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 years ago

    “Engadget: LG preps 21:9 aspect ratio EA93 and WQHD EA83 series IPS LCD monitors for debut at IFA 2012 ”

    “The 27-inch EA83’s claim to fame is its 2560 x 1440 WQHD resolution that brings four times the pixel count of 1280 x 720 panels and 99 percent Adobe RGB accuracy.”

    Hmmmmm LED backlighting and 99% Adobe RGB, interesting.

    Another contender against the Dell U2713HM as my new monitor.

    edit – another choice [url<]http://www.techpowerup.com/171239/ASUS-Launches-the-PB278Q-WQHD-Display.html[/url<] Choice/competition is nice.

      • Geistbar
      • 7 years ago

      Why would anyone make a 21:9 screen?

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        The same reason why people setup dual monitors. Same desktop area without the bezel.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        i’d love a 21:9. lots of movies are 21:9 and it would make me happy. that being said, since it’s not free, it won’t matter.

          • anotherengineer
          • 7 years ago

          Really, I never knew that, maybe because I watch about 1 movie a year……….

          I’m not interested in the 21:9 though, although I wonder if you put 6 of them in an eyefinity setup if it could completely encircle you?

          Yep drawn on CAD gives me a ~44″ dia. circle if laid out in a hexagon.

            • Geistbar
            • 7 years ago

            35 mm film has a ratio of 2.3-2.4, 21:9 works out to 2.3. So you could say it’s mostly films that weren’t shot digitally. Probably the reason you haven’t noticed it is because most films (with this only really changing recently) will get cropped/scanned to fit into 16:9 or 4:3 for home release.

            That said, I still think it’s an odd monitor resolution. 21:9 would make more sense for a TV.

            • insulin_junkie72
            • 7 years ago

            35mm film has roughly a 4:3 ratio, actually.

            When everything was shot on film, to get a wider ratio, you either used an anamorphic lens to squeeze everything into that film frame and then unsqueezed it upon playback (for wider ratios like 2.35:1, 2.55:1, etc.) or simply matted off the part of the image you didn’t want seen (usually for 1.85:1 films, or wider films shot with Super35).

            There have been some other oddball ways over the years (Techniscope, Vistavision and so on), but that covers the vast majority of films.

            • Geistbar
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, you’re right for going a technical layer deeper. I was thinking in a more “this is what the end result was” sense, but I can’t deny that you’re right 🙂

        • Mourmain
        • 7 years ago

        So you can claim it’s a 30″ screen, but only actually have the surface area of a 12″, duh.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Just too bad that they limited the widescreen to 1080P instead of taking it to 1440 as well.

    • Star Brood
    • 7 years ago

    Haswell starts at a $200 quad core? That’s a gaping hole. Now I really have my doubts if there will be an IB Core i3 processor at all. Unless AMD brings something performance-competitive by the time Haswell is released, we likely won’t see a deskop i3 Haswell chip, either.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      ‘..starts from..’ which means it will slot in to the same price points as Ivy Bridge quad cores. Yes, Ivy Bridge quad cores start at about that price.

        • Star Brood
        • 7 years ago

        Yes but for non-eccentrics like myself who don’t need the performance but like the energy-efficiency, and low cost, we are SOL on Ivy Bridge still, and Haswell looks to be no better for us. But Intel is looking at notebook users and power desktop users only it seems. I disagree with that being the only markets.

          • yogibbear
          • 7 years ago

          Yeah but if they catered to you then there’d be no market for AMD and then Intel would have to pay AMD money… which they don’t want to do.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          Well, desktop i3 Ivy Bridge were always set to come out in Q3. So they aren’t delayed roadmap-wise, it would have been nice if they weren’t scheduled to come out so late though.

      • jdaven
      • 7 years ago

      Is Intel abandoning the low end like AMD is abandoning the high end? Where are Pentium and Core i3 Ivy Bridge CPUs?!

        • heinsj24
        • 7 years ago

        OEM math: Intel i3 + discrete video costs more than AMD Trinity. Hell, Intel i3 costs more than Trinity.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Ya but it is also better performing too.

      • ClickClick5
      • 7 years ago

      And AMD is smiling. Ill be using the FM2 socket for my dad’s next machine.

        • entropy13
        • 7 years ago

        So what was the FM1 socket for?

        A lot of good things to “copy” from Intel and they instead copy the multiplicity of sockets (that aren’t compatible with each other) from them.

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