Wednesday Shortbread

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  1. Epic Gamers: Cliff Bleszinski departs Epic
  2. Fudzilla: Chip price war likely and Trinity is here, now how about some motherboards?
  3. InformationWeek: iPad mini won’t have Retina display
  4. Unwired View: Samsung Galaxy S III Mini could be introduced on October 11
  5. Fudzilla: Steam to offer non-game software
  6. GeekWire: Microsoft boosts security at Xbox

    HQ to new level, gearing up for next console

  7. VG24/7: Minecraft Xbox 360 1.8.2 update submitted to Microsoft, patch notes here


  1. Fudzilla: Lenovo opens U.S. plant
  2. Win Kingmax’s 4GB DDR3-1333MHz memory module from Tbreak
  3. Dealzon’s deals: $120 off 17.3″ Acer Aspire V3 i7-2670QM / GeForce

    GT 640M, $70 off 15.6″ Lenovo G570 i3-2370M, $20 coupon for hp

    dv6z AMD A8, and $60 off 128GB Plextor M5 series 2.5″ SSD


  1. HotHardware reviews Acer Iconia Tab A700
  2. Hardware Heaven reviews Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  3. MegaTechGuide’s guide to the problems and issues with the iPhone 5


  1. Upcoming Mass Effect 3 patch 4 notes
  2. World of Warcraft patch 5.0.5 hotfixes

Systems and storage

  1. ocaholic reviews 13″ hp Spectre XT
  2. Benchmark Reviews, OCC, PureOC, and TechSpot review AMD A10-5800K
  3. Hardware.Info’s MSI Z77 MPower review
  4. TweakTown reviews 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-21300 memory kit
  5. circuitRemix reviews 256GB Samsung 830 SSD
  6. HTL reviews 64GB Patriot Supersonic Boost XT and Rage USB 3.0 flash drive
  7. X-bit labs review Synology DS212 NAS

Multimedia, power, and cooling

  1. Futurelooks reviews Asus Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II
  2. iXBT Labs post i3DSpeed – September 2012
  3. MissingRemote’s Pivos XIOS DS media player review
  4. [H]ard|OCP reviews Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 headphones
  5. LanOC Reviews on Asus Vulcan ANC headset
  6. TweakTown reviews 750W FSP Raider PSU
  7. ocaholic reviews be quiet! Shadow Rock topflow cooler
  8. KitGuru’s Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo 690 cooler review (w/ Asus GTX 690)
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    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    [url<][/url<] decent review neely!

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      That’s pretty incredible! Intel version had a 3-day battery life while S4 one had only a day..? Who would’ve thought Intel would be the battery life king over ARM?

      [quote<]"it's clear that Intelโ€™s chip is far more frugal with power than the dual-core Snapdragon S4."[/quote<] Also, Engadget's review said the Intel one "offered a marginally faster response to most actions. Powering up both phones, the RAZR i landed at its home screen around 12 seconds ahead of the Snapdragon sibling. " [url<][/url<] Now I'm hesitating again.. should I get the huge Samsung, or wait for an AT&T Intel phone (presumably a dual-core with LTE)? Or get a RAZR i and switch to a monthly TMobile plan when my current one expires in March?

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]I.Epic Gamers: Cliff Bleszinski departs Epic[/quote<] Cliffy B? NOOOOooooOooOOooooo...oo.oo..o...

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 7 years ago

      Hopefully, this means Epic will go back to being mostly a PC developer again. I also suspect this means he wants to go head up his own developer doing something like iOS games or perhaps to jump in the musical chair that is THQ running. Or hell, maybe he’ll sneak in and steal EA out from under Peter Moore’s nose.

      Or since he loves MS consoles so much, he could go there and run their gaming division for them.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Unwired View: Samsung Galaxy S III Mini could be introduced on October 11[/quote<] This could be it for me.. depending on the screen resolution. 800x480 isn't enough. I'm very interested to see the details

      • nico1982
      • 7 years ago

      I guess it will depend on screen size. Apple jumped to 4.0″, maybe Samsung will jump back to 3.5″ to cater deluded 3.5’s believers ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]"800x480 isn't enough."[/quote<] Of course it is.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        It’s not enough for me; it would be a downgrade from Atrix 4G

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    “Ivy Bridge chips are better in overall performance and AMD’s Trinity chips offer better graphics.”

    I knew this would happen…. Lets ignore the price of a product and all the benchmarks published.
    Sure an i7-3770k is twice faster then a A10, but its also 3 time the price.

    “If the price of AMD chips drops then the performance gains in keeping an Intel system are not worth the money” what ? The A10 already deliver CPU performance to match and massively faster stream computing and graphic performance for less money.

    And why would Intel lower its prices if it already provide better chips for less money?
    From what I can see the i3-3200 serie would need to be ~$100 to compete with the A10.
    That would represent a 30% price drop… if Intel does this, bye bye AMD.

      • bfar
      • 7 years ago

      Not unless AMD drops prices in turn.

        • nanoflower
        • 7 years ago

        Can AMD drop prices even further? They are already hurting and there’s a certain amount of fixed costs in producing each of those chips. Plus we know AMD doesn’t have the margins of Intel. So they don’t have the ability to cut the price that much.

          • burntham77
          • 7 years ago

          Besides, AMD hardware is already dirt cheap. A little over 100 dollars for their six-core CPU is a steal in my opinion.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 7 years ago

      Even the lower end IB chips are better in many ways than the Trinity chips. You don’t have to go to the high end to see it.

      • ZGradt
      • 7 years ago

      Sure, Intel has the cash to dump low end chips and run AMD out of business, but that hardly seems sporting. There’s less margin there anyway, so I doubt Intel is worried about letting them have a little piece of the pie.

      Even then, I find myself spending less on CPUs these days. Historically speaking, $180 for a processor in the i5 3470’s spot is pretty cheap. I paid around $300 for the Core2 Duo and the Quad for my previous desktops.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        That can’t be right! AmMD pundits have said that Intel is gouging because of its monopoly. Are you claiming that they’re wrong?

    • Buzzard44
    • 7 years ago

    Opening sentence of the Lenovo article:

    “Ever interested in expanding into third world countries, Lenovo will open its first PC production plant in the United States…”

    Now I knew the economy was bad, but it must be worse than I thought.

      • Grigory
      • 7 years ago

      Have you ever seen US cities like Detroit? Third world doesn’t even begin to cover it.

      Edit: The last sentence is comedy gold, too: “The company is set to overtake the maker of expensive printer ink, HP later this year as the world’s largest PC maker.”


        • LocalCitizen
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<] "... the maker of expensive printer ink, HP ..." [/quote<] classic Inq speak : [url<][/url<]

          • absurdity
          • 7 years ago

          Was there really no editor available there to read the six or so lines of text?

            • BIF
            • 7 years ago

            But there was! It was the same lady who edits the church bulletins that Jay Leno has on his “headlines” segment!

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 7 years ago

    Hasn’t Steam been offering non-game software for quite a while? For example, AMD Radeon graphics drivers have been offered for over a year.

      • thedosbox
      • 7 years ago

      Yes, but not software for purchase.

        • sschaem
        • 7 years ago

        I wonder how much Steam charges to list a product…

        I think mojang refused to go on Metro app store because microsoft wanted mojang to give them a THIRD of all their income.

        I’m glad those guys have balls to stand against this software mafia.

          • fergdog
          • 7 years ago

          They refused purely because of restrictions on steam. They never mentioned the cut as a reason for not bein on steam or w8 store. Both are friendlier than apples app store.

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