Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Intel’s Haswell architecture analyzed at AnandTech: Building a new PC and a new Intel
  2. Fudzilla: Intel Z87 Haswell chipset has all 6Gbs SATA

    and AMD Richland uses FM2 socket

  3. WCCFtech: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti 3DMark 11 performance results revealed
  4. Fudzilla: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti not limited to 1GB

    and GeForce GTX 650 Ti listed in Europe

  5. X-bit labs: Startup develops ray-tracing graphics processing technology for mobile devices
  6. Develop: Windows Phone 8 launches October 29th
  7. Android and Me shares rumor: Android 4.2 to feature Project Roadrunner,

    new Play store, Customization Center, enhanced Google Now

  8. Android Police share clues: Android 4.2 may already be running

    on a new phone, and a new Nexus tablet – both Motorola?


  1. Win Cooler Master cases from KitGuru
  2. Newegg’s Columbus 4-day sale
  3. Dealzon’s deals: $380 coupon for 15.6″ Lenovo Z580 i5-3210M, $260 coupon

    for 14″ Lenovo U400 i7-2620M, $350 coupon for 14″ Lenovo Z470 i5-2450M,

    and $28 off 23″ Asus 2ms LED monitor


  1. Droid-Life: 32GB Nexus 7 shows up on reseller site, could ship October 24
  2. Acer: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean landing on Iconia Tab A110, A201, and A510 this quarter
  3. XDA Developers: Open webOS Galaxy Nexus port source code now available
  4. C|Net: Google, LG to unveil Nexus phone at the end of the month
  5. Wozniak: “So why don’t we port iTunes to Android?”
  6. Droid Life: Rovio teases Star Wars-themed Angry Birds

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. Hardware.Info’s Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 review
  2. KitGuru’s Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review
  3. PCPer’s Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe review
  4. Madshrimps on 8GB Kingston Hyper X Predator dual-channel 8GB 2400C11 kit
  5. TWL reviews 256GB AData Premier Pro SP900 SSD
  6. LanOC Reviews on 256GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD
  7. Hardware.Info’s Apple AirPort Express review


  1. X-bit labs post Nvidia GTX 660 Ti cards roundup
  2. Legit Reviews on Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X 3GB
  3. Technic3D’s Wavemaster Moody 2.1 sound system review
  4. Techgage’s Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth speakers review
  5. HTL’s Rosewill RHTS-12002 DJ headphones review
  6. ThinkComputers reviews Roccat Savu mouse
  7. Hardware Heaven’s SteelSeries WoW wireless MMO mouse review
  8. CowcotLand reviews CM Storm Recon mouse (in French)

Power and cooling

  1. techPowerUp! reviews 1500W Enermax MaxRevo PSU
  2. Hardware Secrets reviews Deepcool Neptwin CPU cooler
  3. TweakTown reviews SilverStone Heligon series HE01 Twin

    Tower CPU cooler and Prolimatech MK-26 video card cooler

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    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    From “Intel’s Haswell architecture analyzed at AnandTech: Building a new PC and a new Intel”

    Is it just me or does Intel simply reveal way more information about their upcoming architectures than AMD? Even back in 2010 when AMD revealed details about Bulldozer there wasn’t really much to read. When it came out there also wasn’t much to read. Now, when you read articles about the upcoming Steamroller, it just says “better” when talking about the architectural aspects of the design. Better this, better that. Ok, but how did they achieve “better”? They can reveal a thing or two, but it just seems like they’re SO AFRAID and CAUTIOUS to give away information.

    What I find comical is that it’s not like AMD is ahead of Intel and should be afraid of giving away secrets on how they achieved that kind of performance. On the contrary, if there’s a company that would stand to benefit from receiving hints themselves, it’s AMD, from Intel. Perhaps Intel is just confident AMD still won’t be able to pull it off given their resources, or perhaps Intel is just being more professional about it. Or maybe the PR folks can’t understand a thing the engineers are telling them.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Intel’s R&D budget is greater than AMD’s revenues; in that scenario, I’d be playing any performance-enhancing cards pretty close to the vest too. Due to their cross-licensing agreement, either of them will eventually benefit (or, at least ‘be able to benefit’) from innovations made by the other, but if you’re the smaller, greatly-size-disadvantaged player, why give away what’s likely to be a fleeting competitive advantage?

      Intel is likely less concerned about that, because their competitive advantage right now is primarily process-based, and AMD can’t easily match that, licensing or no.

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Is it just me or does Intel simply reveal way more information about their upcoming architectures than AMD?[/quote<] Yes, and this is typical of Intel vs. AMD. The amount of information that is either officially revealed or that leaks prior to launch is typically much greater for Intel systems than for AMD. It's partly due to culture (AMD is worried about Intel learning too much, Intel frankly doesn't care that much when a launch is only a few months away). It's also partly due to the fact that Intel has to work with so many third parties that need to take a long time to get solutions ready for launch that it is practically impossible to keep much of this stuff secret anyway (NDAs only go so far). I fully expect Anand to be doing an unauthorized review of an engineering sample Haswell part in February/March of next year... just like he did for Sandy Bridge and just like he did for Ivy Bridge. Intel would probably like to keep a tighter lid on some things, but the sheer number of engineering samples that they ship practically guarantee that there will be leaks, and they live with it. If their upcoming products are actually good, the leaks help to build hype so there's an upside and downside associated with it.

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “Intel’s Haswell architecture analyzed at AnandTech: Building a new PC and a new Intel”

    sounds like the long term goal is to ditch atom and use Core for everything. I guess that kinda makes sense longer term.

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      In one way of thinking, Atom is a core that was introduced in 2008 and hasn’t changed a whole lot at the core level (lots of other stuff around the core has changed though).

      In another way of thinking, Atom is just a brand-name for Intel’s lowest power chips… what goes into those chips can certainly change over time….

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    Go O’s, ____ the Yanks!

    (top comment incoming)

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Yup, the Yanks symbolize everything that is wrong with MLB. Go Expos….er… Nationals.

    • ClickClick5
    • 7 years ago

    Very nice read.

    I.Intel’s Haswell architecture analyzed at AnandTech: Building a new PC and a new Intel

    Very nice indeed. Though, I’m going to do my best and hold out for the Skylake era.

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      What about the Skyrim era?

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        That was a poor one.

          • chuckula
          • 7 years ago

          The joke.. or the era?

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            The joke.

            • chuckula
            • 7 years ago

            OK, just checking.

        • CuttinHobo
        • 7 years ago

        Intel is screwed if Skylake takes an arrow to the knee.

      • canmnanone
      • 7 years ago

      is haswell backwards compatible with z68 chipsset? thanks

        • VILLAIN_xx
        • 7 years ago

        NOPE! It will be a new socket.

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Skylake is slated to hit the streets in 2015, assuming there will be no delays. You sure you can wait that long? I mean, waiting for Excavator and Broadwell (2014) is long enough…

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    #1 and # 2 comment spots, NeelyCam! 😛


      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Good job; congratz!

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      We’re not worthy…

    • no51
    • 7 years ago

    Ya’ll be mad jelly of my first post.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      I prefer annoying orange.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      I wish I had some jelly; I could eat it, because it is delicious food made of boiled up, chemically-treated cattle bones and it wobbles on a plate in an amusing manner that reminds me of fat women’s breasts.

      However, I’m not sure why I’d want to be mad jelly of your post, it seems to be lacking in content. Or is it because I’m too old to read the hidden message and words of wisdom contained within?


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