Tuesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Businessweek: Schulze said to enlist Cerberus to help cement Best Buy takeover
  2. techPowerUp!: APUs make up nearly 75% of AMD’s processor sales
  3. 9to5Mac: Apple’s redesigned iMac launches not delayed

    until 2013, still on track for November-December

  4. Mobile Geeks have leaked Intel Atom tablet roadmap
  5. X-bit labs: Crucial introduces Ballistix low-profile memory modules

    and AMD set to release “Tahiti LE” in late November and

    Imagination unleashes high-performance 6-cluster GPU for mobile

  6. Neowin: Did Sinofsky kill off Windows 7 tablet design?
  7. SuperSite for Windows: For Windows 8, a familiar launch story
  8. VR-Zone: Start8 app returns start menu to Windows, sells in tens of thousands


  1. Bloomberg: Samsung gets review of loss to Apple in U.S. patent case
  2. Newegg’s deals
  3. Dealzon’s deals: $172 coupon for 15.6″ Lenovo ThinkPad L530 i7-3520M,

    $170 off 15.6″ Asus K55N AMD A8-4500M, $80 off Acer Aspire i5-3450

    PC, and $450 off 50″ LG 1080p plasma TV


  1. Mobile Choice: First glimpse of Samsung Galaxy S IV coming soon
  2. The Verge: Windows Phone 8 users report

    random reboots and battery issues (update)

  3. HotHardware’s Microsoft Surface with Windows RT review
  4. InsideHW’s Asus PadFone 2 review
  5. SuperSite for Windows reviews Nokia Lumia 820
  6. Hardware Heaven reviews Sony Xperia Miro

Software and gaming

  1. Fudzilla: Windows 8 exploited by Google Doc hack
  2. LanOC Reviews on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Systems and storage

  1. PCPer’s Dell XPS One 27 AIO PC review
  2. Tbreak’s Alienware M14x R2 review
  3. SPCR’s AMD FX-8350 CPU review
  4. TWL reviews AMD A8-5600K
  5. [H]ard|OCP reviews MSI Z77A-GD55
  6. Neoseeker reviews 8GB AData XPG Gaming v2.0 DDR3 2400G memory kit
  7. TweakTown’s 480GB SanDisk Extreme SSD review
  8. PCStats reviews 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD

Graphics, cases, and cooling

  1. techPowerUp! reviews HIS HD 7970 X Turbo 3GB
  2. PureOC reviews HIS HD 7750 IceQ X Turbo
  3. Hardware Secrets and HTL review Fractal Design Node 304 case
  4. Hardware Canucks review Cooler Master Storm Stryker case
  5. ThinkComputers reviews NZXT Phantom 820 case
  6. Ocaholic reviews Prolimatech Armageddon cooler
  7. APH Networks on Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU cooler
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    • OneArmedScissor
    • 7 years ago

    EDIT: Oops, moved to relevant article…

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    AOC of all companies brought out a 23″ IPS panel with a 2mm bezel.

    [url<]http://anandtech.feedsportal.com/c/34653/f/635203/s/25c7c697/l/0L0Sanandtech0N0Cshow0C64680Caocs0Ei2367fh0Ethin0Eborderless0Eand0Eips/story01.htm[/url<] [url<]http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/aoc_strips_border_23-inch_ips_monitor123[/url<] If only it had a VESA mount support as well.

      • anotherengineer
      • 7 years ago

      You would think that, but it’s not the case. I just got a dell S2240M, exterior bezel is about 2mm, however the rest of the bezel is kinda interior and the distance from the lcd to the edge of the outside bezel is about 12mm (15/32″)

      edit – [url<]http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&cs=cadhs1&l=en&sku=320-9803[/url<] I wrote a review, but I guess they didn't like the 2 star review (-1 no vesa, -1 no HAS, -1 no display port.)

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        The difference is that the actual ips panel is extended to the very edge which is different then your Dell which just hides the bezel behind the glass and calls it “bezel-less”

        [url<]http://www.aocmonitorap.com/root/tw/product_display.php?id=344[/url<] Click on the features tab to see the actual screen extend right to 2 mm of the edge.

      • JosiahBradley
      • 7 years ago

      HDMI… sigh. Was seriously considering until I discovered that. How can I put three of these puppies in eyefinity without the headaches of TV based under/overscan and having to purchase a non existent active DP->HDMi adapter. They make plenty of passive HDMI adapters but not a single active on exist. You’d need a DP->DVI then another adapter from DVI to HDMI…

      TL:DR HDMI is a headache for Eyefinity. VGA is dead (2013)

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Why would you need the DVI to HDMI? These monitors have DVI connections right on here. It should be just a case of DP to DVI.

        Edit: never mind, I was looking at another model that did have DVI connections. Still overscan should not be an issue as the full panel is visible and typically monitors (not TV’s) employ overscan and should use 1:1.

        There is also a version with VGA and DVI connections.


          • JosiahBradley
          • 7 years ago

          I helped someone setup an eyefinity 3×1 array and the HDMI monitors didn’t care what you set them too, they always under-scanned. When switching between full-screen and the desktop it was hit or miss if it was going to do it. True monitor connections never need to worry about panel scaling and work 1:1 always (at native resolutions). HDMI is for TVs only in my personal opinion.

          Thanks for the Link by the way.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            I’ve setup a few systems hooked up via DP—> HDMI and haven’t seen one overscan yet (Acer and Samsung monitors). They all have delivered true 1:1 via the HDMI (the EDID’s were identical hooked up via HDMI or DVI so it would act exactly the same way regardless of the connection)

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    The 75% story is why I don’t buy rumors that Kaveri is cancelled. You don’t cancel the products that are bringing in the best sales figures and appear to have growth… especially when you look at Bulldozer’s anemic total sales percentage in those charts.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Businessweek: Schulze said to enlist Cerberus to help cement Best Buy takeover[/quote<] Damn the Illusive Man, his cigarettes and his bourbon, too! Only Cerberus could want Best Buy to continue... It all makes sense now.

    • vargis14
    • 7 years ago

    75% of AMD sales are APUs.

    I really wish they would have designed the APU system motherboards from the begining with 512 or 1gb of embedded gddr5 memory even sdram dedicated memory for the APU’s GPU.
    Sure it would have increased the price of the boards 10-20$ max but the performance increase would have been very substantial.

    I am surprised trinity has as much graphics power as it does. But with embeded gddr5 it could have been much much better, even way back with the Liano series.

    Just a though i have always had.

      • sircharles32
      • 7 years ago

      Llano is actually a double “LL”, not Li (just so you know).
      Think of Llano, TX (the city).

      Alright, carry on.

      • Ryhadar
      • 7 years ago

      I agree. I’m surprised even the board manufacturers haven’t found a way to incorporate this either. I say this since some of the boards based on the 790GX and 780G (if memory serves) came with embedded graphics memory on the board for the onboard video.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t know if the current chipsets support Sideport memory. It would be great if they did though, they could probably do 512MB nowadays for the same price as the old Sideport 128MB.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 7 years ago

        Since the GPU is now wired directly into the CPU’s relatively high speed memory controller, and DDR3 capacity is much higher than DDR2, that addresses the shortcomings that sideport memory used to. It couldn’t do much in terms of bandwidth.

        To take advantage of GDDR5, they’d need more, and extremely high bandwidth, memory controllers – but that would drive power use through the roof.

        If they had to change the platform to increase bandwidth out of necessity, today, they’d use a small chip on top of the CPU itself as a frame buffer.

        Unfortunately, AMD’s integrated GPUs likely won’t get much better before DDR4 turns up, so that’s something that may remain uncalled for outside of tablets, phones, and consoles.

    • Welch
    • 7 years ago

    I. techPowerUp!: APUs make up nearly 75% of AMD’s processor sales.

    Not really surprised with this headline. I haven’t seen a reason to purchase an AMD CPU only chip since the Phenom II BE days. Then again, Intel’s lineup and sales probably look similar in that most of their chips ship with a GPU on-die. Its just become an expected thing these days.

    We would probably see a decrease in CPU costs if the likes of Intel and AMD didn’t incorporate a GPU in their chips. Only makes sense for them to add it to maintain the cost of desktop chips to protect their profits. However, if that is true we they only aid in the inflation of the PC market and help the mobile market which both aren’t quite ready for. Sounds like a recipe for disaster IMO.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 7 years ago

      What profit? Everything you are saying is the other way around in reality.

      AMD has gone pretty much all in the “consumer” market now. They’re in the same boat as Acer, Newegg, Amazon, etc. where the goal is to cut the price as low as possible and squeeze out a 1-2% profit margin from the largest market possible.

      Intel’s high profit chips are Xeons – the ones which have no GPU. Atoms and Pentiums make up most of their PC sales, and they sell many cheap laptop quad-cores which need a GPU, as well.

      Not even Intel can make a specific chip to be sold exclusively for $250 i7 desktops. They would already do it to increase their market if they could. Unfortunately, it would just be more expensive.

      GPUs have many repeating circuits. They’re much simpler than many other parts and easy to die harvest. It’s just not a big deal.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Are these shortbreads sponsored by Pepsi now?

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      why? does it make you feel young? or part of the next generation?

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        No, they start his hair on fire.

        • yogibbear
        • 7 years ago

        It used to have “7 Up” instead of “8 is enough”, Ron found something interesting to add to it and ruined my joke.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 years ago

    I. techPowerUp!: APUs make up nearly 75% of AMD’s processor sales.

    I have a laptop with an E-350 and an HTPC with an A6-3650. I haven’t purchased a plain old AMD CPU since the K8 days. Their APUs are great, but their CPUs aren’t the greatest compared to the alternatives. Granted the new FX 8350 isn’t bad, it still doesn’t stand up to an overclocked SNB in terms of price:perf and energy costs.

    ALSO FURST ROAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      GREAT JOB!!!

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        Thanks. You’re my inspiration. Someday when I grow up I hope to be just like you! <3

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