Thursday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. VR-Zone on the battle for liquid cooling: Asetek sues CoolIT; is Corsair in danger?
  2. X-bit labs: AMD’s initial lineup of FX-series “Vishera” chips to consist of three models
  3. C|Net: Motorola teases first Intel-powered phone for Sept. 18 event
  4. ABC News: Samsung introduces the Galaxy Note 2
  5. Ars Technica: VMware claims it will enable dual-persona iPhones
  6. All Things Microsoft: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 launch dates revealed
  7. Neowin: New Start8 beta for Windows 8 released
  8. Computerworld: Windows 8 migrations manageable, argues support firm


Thursday

  1. The Verge: Apple can’t ban infringing Samsung

    products until December under new court schedule

  2. NGOHQ: Microsoft denies censorship of Windows 8 criticism
  3. Techgage’s editorial: Patently Backwards
  4. Fudzilla: Apple geniuses mess with your mind
  5. L.A. Times: Apple I to be auctioned Oct. 9, may go for $127,000
  6. DigiTimes: Notebook component makers face clients asking for price cuts
  7. Eurocom ships 1TB SATA III HDD with RAID 0 / 1/ 5

    support in its high-end notebooks for up to 4TB of storage

  8. Fudzilla: AMD’s 40nm Hondo almost ready

    and Ivy Bridge E supports PCIe Gen 3

  9. C|Net: Sony releases first 4K TV: the 84″ XBR-84X900

Mobile

  1. Windows Phone Blog: This is the Samsung ATIV S,

    the first of many Windows Phone 8 devices

  2. Fudzilla: HTC One X 16GB launches August 31
  3. Hardware Secrets reviews Nokia Lumia 710
  4. XSReviews on Bayan 7 iPod and iPhone speaker dock

Software and gaming

  1. SeaMonkey 2.12 release notes
  2. Eurogamer – Star Wars: First Assault outed by trademarks, domain registrations
  3. Phoronix: Valve finds value in open-source drivers; L4D2 running on Mesa
  4. OCMS on Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts
  5. Hardware Heaven reviews Guild Wars 2 (PC)

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. Examiner.com’s hp Phoenix gaming PC review
  2. Madshrimps review ASRock Z77 Extreme6
  3. ocaholic reviews 8GB Kingston HyperX H2O DDR3 2133MHz CL11

    and 8GB Crucial Ballistix Smart Tactical DDR3 1866MHz CL9 and

    8GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600MHz CL8 memory kits

  4. ThinkComputers reviews 480GB OWC Mercury Accelsior PCI-E SSD
  5. TweakTown reviews 120GB VisionTek Racer series SSD
  6. PCStats updates 64GB Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 flash drive review
  7. Hardware.Info’s D-Link ShareCenter Quattro DNS-345 review
  8. TWL reviews NZXT Aperture M 5.25″ USB 3.0 card reader
  9. MissingRemote’s Actiontec PWR500 – 500Mbps

    Powerline network adapter kit review

Multimedia, power, casing & cooling

  1. PCPer’s Nvidia GTX 660 Ti cards roundup – EVGA, Galaxy, MSI & Zotac
  2. Rbmods on Sapphire Radeon HD 7770
  3. techPowerUp! reviews Club 3D HD 7750 low profile 1GB
  4. Phoronix on Intel’s OpenGL performance: OS X vs. Windows vs. Linux
  5. TechReviewSource on 55″ Sony KDL-55HX750 3D HDTV
  6. ProClockers review Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-750 PSU
  7. Legit Reviews on Convar BytePac eco-friendly paper hard drive enclosure
  8. ProClockers review Icy Dock convenient SSD / HDD conversion kits
  9. CowcotLand reviews be quiet! Dark Rock 2 CPU cooler (in French)
Comments closed
    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]C|Net: Motorola teases first Intel-powered phone for Sept. 18 event[/quote<] Finally. Looks like all the contestans will be ready for my mid-October phone-upgrading bonanza: a) x86 Atrix b) WP8 Lumia c) Galaxy S III d) One X e) iPhone 5 Did I miss any? Hmm.. not a bad time to upgrade

      • Voldenuit
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Did I miss any?[/quote<] Sony Xperia T and V LG Optimus 4X HD I think you got the most important ones. LG hasn't had a good track record with UI and/or battery life, and Sony loves proprietary more than Apple.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        Thanks! I’ll add Optimus to the list (skipping Sony, though)

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      RIM?

      EDIT: Oh, wait, this is for your personal purchase. Forget RIM, anything you get from them now will be as orphaned by BB10 as the Lumia was by WinPhone8.

      And admit it: you’re only considering the Atrix in a desperate attempt to drive up the sales volume of Intel-based phones (doubling the sales-volume-to-date in this case, assuming you only buy one), and you’re only doing that to try and avoid buying me beer-and-wings. It won’t work, buddy….

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      Note 2

    • corwin155
    • 7 years ago

    L.A. Times: Apple I to be auctioned Oct. 9, may go for $127,000
    fool and his money , soon parted

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    How am I the first to comment of Asetek vs. CoolIT integrated liquid cooling patent warfare? HAhahahaha Asetek finally gets granted their patents THIS month (August 2012) and the first thing they do is SUE their only competitor?????

    BAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAH……….. I HATE THE US PATENT SYSTEM. DO WE NEED MOAR PROOF?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Umm..Welch commented on it 8.5 hours before you did.

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    Oops… link was to outdated material – sorry (and it was [i<]such[/i<] good troll bait...)

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    ‘NGOHQ: Microsoft denies censorship of Windows 8 criticism’

    I’m a bit surprised nobody here reacted to this.
    MS seems to be a sour loser.
    Moreover: it does look as if people defending W8 are not genuine.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      what? you don’t think MS or win8 defense is genuine? SURPRISE! you’re like tho opposite of me. lots of guys on tr have been using the RTM version, and deciding much of the whining is unnecessary. ask derfunk, or any of the other guys.

        • Voldenuit
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]what? you don't think MS or win8 defense is genuine? [/quote<] I believe he was referring to MS using DMCA takedown notices on W8 critics to silence them. MS is claiming that posting screenshots of W8 is "IP infringement", which is Apple-like levels of madness. [url=http://www.ngohq.com/news/22246-microsoft-orders-dmca-takedown-for-windows-8-screenshots.html<]Link[/url<].

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          yes, i agree that’s strange. i did say that sounds like an overzealous legal dept.

            • Shouefref
            • 7 years ago

            At first I also wondered whether the people seeing censorship in it, where just exagerating.
            But it was not the only website which got trouble. I think there are 5 in total.

          • Shouefref
          • 7 years ago

          yes, that was what I was talking about

          • xeridea
          • 7 years ago

          Is it even in their power to use DCMA for stuff that is freely available?

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        I have been doing some fair amount of personal usage testing with W8 RTM. I think under the covers it’s a very good OS, but I have decided that the missing start menu is a deal-killer for me.

        I need some sort of an interface aid that works quickly (for example with the Windows key or an easy-to-use alternate key sequence) and allows me to see all of my programs in non-tiled groups. I don’t care if such a tool is made by Microsoft or a 3rd party (example: Stardock), as long as Microsoft doesn’t get all lawsuit happy.

        The tiles of the Metro interface make you scroll right too much. This is rude. Forcing the missing UI Start Menu/Button functions upon the user community is foolishness on display.

        I will continue to be vocal about this in my word-of-mouth and thankfully I need no screen prints to tell everybody on the mountain that Windows 8 is incomplete in its current state and that I don’t recommend a production upgrade to Windows 8 without a menu interface.

        And then there’s the business case. If I were a manager or director of a company, I would not want my employees to have this many toys on their workstations. To preserve employee productivity, I would order my adminions to not accept any Windows 8 machines in our organization.

      • flip-mode
      • 7 years ago

      “People that disagree with me aren’t genuine.” Regardless of whether or not you like Win 8, that’s a daft thing to say.

      By the way, I’ve “defended Win 8” (if “defend” means I’ve said I like it) and was genuine about it. I got massive negative feedback for it, too.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]I got massive negative feedback for it, too.[/quote<] That's because you were Wrong In The Internet

      • Ari Atari
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]people defending W8 are not genuine[/quote<] We're sorry but your copy of Windows 8 Defender is not genuine. Please reactivate within 3 days.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Unfortunately it is just the 90 day trial, a reinstallation of the OS will be required.

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        Nicely done.

      • xeridea
      • 7 years ago

      Reminds me of when Bing was proved to be stealing results directly from Google, they flat out denied it, and mysteriously stopped doing it a week later.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]ABC News: Samsung introduces the Galaxy Note 2 [/quote<] The link has a video at the top of the story that you would think be an intro video for the phone, or a video preview or something...nope. It's first a commercial for a Galaxy Nexus, then a 2 min "tech bite" about iphone camera accessories (ie: an ad). /sigh

    • Star Brood
    • 7 years ago

    >> DigiTimes: Notebook component makers face clients asking for price cuts

    Intel and MicroSoft should be the first places to go for asking for price cuts.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      But they’re monopolies, so good luck with that.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]II.X-bit labs: AMD's initial lineup of FX-series "Vishera" chips to consist of three models[/quote<] Sigh.....those CPUs don't excite me at all. Just minor speed bumps and maybe a bit smaller TDP, but nowhere near Ivy. I doubt AMD will make big money out of those chips when even the lowliest Ivy quad will outperform them while consuming less juice. That's not to say i'm glad since Intel chips are quite pricey and they are not all unlocked like the AMD FX series.

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      Trinity APU’s provide markedly better CPU performance than their Stars-based Llano counterparts at a given TDP, something that Bulldozer-based designs could not claim on the desktop; at least Vishera will be able to claim that much.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Better, yes, but still far behind the competition.

          • Goty
          • 7 years ago

          Well, that remains to be seen. A 4.0GHz base clock on the highest-end Vishera could potentially at least make things interesting.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            It is very doubtful that it will come close. The existing 8150 has a hard time keeping up to an SB i5-2500k.

            • Goty
            • 7 years ago

            And IB has a hard time distancing itself from SB. A 10% clockspeed boost coupled to whatever can be squeezed from the architectural improvements should at least make it a compelling choice for the right price.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            IB’s claim to fame is power efficiency. The trigate performance/power “trade-off trend” is very different from what we’ve seen before.. low-power implementations result in disproportional performance scaling. This is probably why we’re seeing i5-level implementations in [i<]tablets[/i<]! I can only imagine what the 22nm trigate Atoms will bring.. or Haswell. I think those two will be the biggest step-ups in performance/price in their respective markets since the Core2Duo days. EDIT: and by "performance" I mean performance/watt.. sorry about the confusion

          • xeridea
          • 7 years ago

          And the Trinity GPU crushes IB, its a balance thing, so one may be better for different people. Trinity was shown to have significantly better battery life at the same TDP. Trinity is a very decent rival, esp for being 1 process behind, and all of Intels hype of the “3D” transistors.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            If you look carefully, 17W Trinity ultrathins get smacked by 17W IB… even in graphics:

            [url<]http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/13/hp-envy-sleekbook-6z-review/[/url<]

        • brucethemoose
        • 7 years ago

        Not necessarily true.

        Mobile Llano is clocked VERY, very conservatively. I can run my A8 at 2.1ghz (1.5 stock), undervolt it, and have it use LESS power than stock (this is my first OC attempt… I haven’t even found the limit yet). 3ghz+ boost is easily attainable, and it hits that clock and stays there if I’m not stressing the GPU too.

        Mobile Trinity, on the other hand, has little or no OC headroom from what I gathered. While the IGPU is better than llano, OC for OC (which is what really matters IMO) I’ll bet the CPUs are pretty similar.

        Desktops are a different story, as llano doesn’t like going past 3ghz where trinity/bd are clock happy monsters, so I’m not sure which direction Vishera will go.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          Thanks for the post – there’s a ton of interesting info here!

          Sounds like Llano had some bottleneck circuits that limited its useful clock frequency, The fact that there’s a lot of margin for overclock/undervolt implies that there was some substantial variability in the chip process

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      It’s really sad that they can’t clock the 2 module CPU any higher than the 4 module one.

      If AMD can make a CPU with 1.5x the single core performance of a 2.8 ghz Phenom II, 3 modules, fit it in an AM3+ socket, and sell it for $200, I’m totally in. However, I don’t think they can do it.

      • burntham77
      • 7 years ago

      “Intel chips are quite pricey”

      And there you have it. Intel chips are faster, but for the extra cost, sometimes the extra performance is not worth it.

        • Arclight
        • 7 years ago

        I agree with you, but that’s not to say i wouldn’t want lower priced Intel chips, even though they perform faster. As a consumer i will ofc choose the most sensible option, as i did in 2010 when i bought the Ph II 955 BE, but that doesn’t mean i won’t express my malcontent.

        I started having interst in CPUs and computers in general after 2004 when i bought my first PC, so i don’t have experience with earlier prices. Someone older might say that CPUs used to be a lot more expensive (especially after taking inflation into consideration) but given the evolution of prices in recent years, that i have experienced, i would still expect lower prices in the mid end segment (meaning entry level quads).

        In my country the average price of the i5 3470 is around 195 Euros (which is almost 250 dollars) and that’s just not acceptable imo.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<] i don't have experience with earlier prices. Someone older might say that CPUs used to be a lot more expensive[/quote<] You don't wanna know how expensive they used to be

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Depends how far you want to go back. I remember buying a NEC V20 to swap out an 8088 for $20, a 286 for $35, a Cyrix 120+ for $90. Back then it was the ram that killed a person. ($300 for a 256k upgrade kit for an 8088, add another $300 for an additional 128k board that added DMA capabilities).

    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Neowin: New Start8 beta for Windows 8 released[/quote<] I knew that this was coming, MS can try what they want, but the people speak. This will be a huge moneymaker for StarDock, for all those who hate Metro. It still doesn't undo the bland and hard to navigate UI in general of Win8, but it makes it a little less painful not being forced to use a crappy, cluttered fullscreen menu for what was once so easy and useful.

      • kyboshed
      • 7 years ago

      Are people really that averse to change or will the new method be second nature by this time next year?

        • xeridea
        • 7 years ago

        Change is one thing, making crap that everyone hates is another.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          qq HARDER.

        • rrr
        • 7 years ago

        Aren’t you averse to change? So try crapping with your mouth and let us know, how it goes.

          • xeridea
          • 7 years ago

          I liked the changes for XP and 7, because they was undeniably better all around. I upgrade my other programs most the time, unless they give me a reason to revert (like Skype adding stupid interface clutter, with no options to disable). I am not one of those that refuses to accept change (I know some, they are extremely annoying), I just refuse to accept change I think is garbage, that is just thrown at me, disregarding the opinion of millions of customers. I use OpenOffice, but if I was using MS Office, I wouldn’t get the new version because the ribbon interface is crap, takes up way to much space, has every basic function (that also has keyboard shortcuts) on it. Win8 has the ribbon also, with every basic task in existence on it.

        • Rand
        • 7 years ago

        Lots of people like change for the better, oddly enough some people dislike change when it’s for the worse.
        Loving everything that’s new and different and changed just because it’s different is stupid.
        I like what works for me, not what random companies tell me I’m supposed to like.

      • absurdity
      • 7 years ago

      Yes, some people don’t like the new interface. Can we stop banging this drum already?

        • Shouefref
        • 7 years ago

        MS doesn’t stop it’s ad campaign either. So, why should we stop telling people W8 sucks? After all: if lots of people use W8, MS has “won”, and everybody will more or less be obliged to switch to W8.
        Banging W8 is self defence.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    No mention of Jaguar?

    [url<]http://semiaccurate.com/2012/08/28/amd-let-the-new-cat-out-of-the-bag-with-the-jaguar-core/[/url<] [url<]http://semiaccurate.com/2012/08/29/another-nugget-on-amds-jaguar/[/url<]

      • Arag0n
      • 7 years ago

      Good catch, 15% IPC, 10% clock ~26% total, I’m not sure it´s enough but if quad-core is coming that means up to 2.5x performance plus huge gains in applications that can use the new instructions sets. Still, it will be up to the GPU to see if it´s a worth low-end CPU for AIO, laptops and tablets. AMD is rising the bar of what´s good enough performance with those CPU while intel keeps pushing for performance that no one really needs… just gamers and scientific workers. Rendering is moving to GPU, general usage doesn´t need better CPU than what can be found in ATOM, video encoding/decoding is moving to GPU too…. if someone finds the way to move game’s IA and Physics to GPU forever, CPU performance will be having a run for it´s money…

        • xeridea
        • 7 years ago

        “general usage doesn´t need better CPU than what can be found in ATOM”

        I strongly disagree. Atom is terribly slow, make you feel like your on a PIII. It sucks badly at video, and basically anything more complex than notepad. I can definitely tell the difference between my low end laptop and my mediocre desktop (CPU-wise). Laptop has noticeable lag for general tasks, esp when hooked to monitor, and multitasking quickly. Nothing intense, just web development, so switching from IDE to Chrome/FF or file system.

        I would say that for general use, desktop bobcat is adequate (having a worthwhile GPU helps alot with video playback, and in general), medium range dual core laptop for most, and dual core desktop for all but the most intensive tasks (video encoding, high end games, heavy photoshop, etc), where higher clocks and more cores are needed for time efficiency. But really, the majority just surfs the web, and other basic tasks, so would totally be fine with Jaguar.

          • Goty
          • 7 years ago

          I agree with this statement for the most part, though I would say Bobcat is “[i<]almost[/i<] adequate". My E-350 laptop would sometimes struggle streaming high-def video that couldn't be offloaded to the GPU, but that was about the only thing it didn't handle admirably.

          • Arag0n
          • 7 years ago

          I would say that the main problem of ATOM is a crappy GPU more than CPU-side. As you say, Bobcat feels much faster even if it actually is not, it is indeed faster, maybe 10 to 20% but the feeling is like night and day mostly because the inclusion of a proper GPU.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]if someone finds the way to move game's IA and Physics to GPU forever, CPU performance will be having a run for it´s money[/quote<] Like nvidia has demonstrated for years now? [url<]http://www.guru3d.com/news/ai-on-the-gpu-instincttech-dogfighter-cuda-demo/[/url<]

          • Arag0n
          • 7 years ago

          There is a difference between a demo showing it’s possible and actually game developers using the GPU for IA… I know it´s possible, you know, we have DirectCompute to solve the problem of compatibility between NVIDIA and AMD, yup we also have OpenCL but sometimes OpenCL is not a really compatible, it just helps to share your coding abilities but the code itself may not. Still, for whatever reason game developers don´t use it to speedup IA neither Physics. Once it happens, games will dramatically improve and the discussion about CPU’s will be over. Even ARM may be enough.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      The only bad thing I see is the ‘confirmed rumor’ of single channel memory. I’ve got to think that a CPU+GPU can utilize more bandwidth than a single channel provides.

        • Goty
        • 7 years ago

        They certainly could (especially with four CPU cores), but you’ve got to remember the market Jaguar is supposed to enter: low-power and low-price with “adequate” performance. Another memory channel would improve performance, but at the cost of price and power.

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          Plus, one channel of DDR3 1600 should be able to feed four little cores considering two such channels are supposed to feed four whole modules in FX land.

            • willmore
            • 7 years ago

            Or for Intel people, if two channels can feed four cores of HyperThreaded IVB goodness, one should be enough to feed four of “those other guys” crappy little cores.

    • Welch
    • 7 years ago

    VR-Zone on the battle for liquid cooling: Asetek sues CoolIT; is Corsair in danger?

    /sigh

    I’m going to bitch slap the next company that sues over a patent 6+ damn years later. If your going to sue someone for copying you… DO IT IMMEDIATELY! We need a law that states that the patent lawsuits must be filed within a reasonable amount of time. These companies seem to literally wait for their competition to get into a position where they have made tons of cash and then try to sue them for everything they own. The only person getting screwed in all of it is you and me the consumer due to price hikes (less competition) and their legal fees being passed down to us.

      • heinsj24
      • 7 years ago

      Did you read the article?

      Asetek was awarded the patents this month. Their application date was in 2006. Since that time they have probably put “patent pending” on their designs. Asetek is getting screwed out of royalties if CoolIT is using their design. As for competition there’s plenty… CoolIT should stuck with their TEC design – actually probably not, it was pretty heavy and loud – mine’s on a shelf in the garage.

      Corsair is also an Asetek partner something that the article missed.

        • Waco
        • 7 years ago

        Corsair’s products are made by CoolIT, not Asetek.

          • heinsj24
          • 7 years ago

          Asetek designed the H40 and H70. Asetek was listing them as a partner as of this morning – along with Antec, Thermaltake, and AMD.

      • Welch
      • 7 years ago

      Can honestly say that I didn’t read the whole article, would be my mistake. Wow, I didn’t even realize it could take that long for a patent to be approved! I just got so sick seeing another “We are suing” article that I wanted to smack someone.

    • ClickClick5
    • 7 years ago

    IX.C|Net: Sony releases first 4K TV: the 84″ XBR-84X900

    As said by the Apocalypse tanks in Red Alert 2 used to say in a Russian accent: “The apocalypse has begun.”

      • GeorgeMichael
      • 7 years ago

      fk apocalypse, what does that have to do with a new tech T.Vs?
      Also fk red alert 2 and 3 and 1 and duty of call.

        • ULYXX
        • 7 years ago

        Que?

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