National White Wine Day Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Business Insider: Intel really wants to move away from the dying PC business
  2. Activision Blizzard announces better-than-expected

    and record second quarter 2016 financial results

  3. Reuters: EA posts unexpected profit on higher game downloads
  4. Neowin: Microsoft confirms no more Windows 10

    feature updates in 2016; two coming in 2017

  5. techPowerUp!: Colorful announces the iGame Z170 YMIR-G motherboard
  6. techPowerUp!: Western Digital increases

    WD Gold hard drives capacity by 25%

  7. AnandTech: Seagate re-enters enterprise SATA SSD market with Nytro XF1230
  8. VideoCardz: GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile

    and Radeon R9 M480 benchmarks leaked

National White Wine Day

  1. The Verge: Microsoft’s war against Chrome battery

    life now include Windows 10 notifications

  2. Ars Technica’s Mint 18 review
  3. HotHardware’s podcast
  4. Newegg has RX 470 and other deals


  1. TweakTown reviews Transcend JetDrive Go 300S

    Lightning / USB 3.1 flash drive

  2. Hardware Canucks, Techgage, and TechSpot review AMD Radeon RX 470
  3. Hardware Heaven, KitGuru, HotHardware,

    and techPowerUp! review Asus Strix RX 470

  4. Guru3D reviews MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X
  5. KitGuru and TweakTown review Sapphire Nitro RX 470
  6. LanOC Reviews on XFX RX 470 RS Black Edition
  7. Guru3D and techPowerUp! review Nvidia Titan X (Pascal)
  8. NikKTech reviews Gainward GTX 1070 Phoenix GS 8GB
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    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    white wine is best served as champagne.

    “Business Insider: Intel really wants to move away from the dying PC business”

    that would be a breath of fresh air for AMD! but there’s no way that would happen.

    • Unknown-Error
    • 3 years ago

    National White Wine Day?

    Is there National Pineapple Juice Day or National Passion-Fruit Juice Day? YUM!

      • Krogoth
      • 3 years ago

      I’m half surprised that it hasn’t been renamed “Check your White Privilege Day” by SJW-types.

      • crabjokeman
      • 3 years ago

      White Whine Supremacism! “Red Wines Matter” too..

      • Goofus Maximus
      • 3 years ago

      I do not drink. … wine….

    • nanoflower
    • 3 years ago

    No link for the Newegg 470 deals?

    $199 Sapphire RX 470 [url<][/url<]

      • Shobai
      • 3 years ago

      Not sure why you got downvoted. The link appears to be missing.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Wait, wasn’t the Rx 480 supposed to be $199?

        • tay
        • 3 years ago

        Oh you… *shakes fist*

    • Generic
    • 3 years ago

    I wonder how much Optane will move the value of Intel and Micron.

    They may yet breathe new life into the very market Intel is hedging against.

      • mesyn191
      • 3 years ago

      Its a big deal for servers, particularly for 2017-2018 since it’ll be very expensive at first, not so much for consumer markets which is where there is much bigger volume and has been Intel’s bread n’ butter.

      Optane potentially could be a decent impact on the laptop market since it might be able to reduce power usage by a significant degree while also maintaining or improving performance. No guarantees though. For desktop it won’t matter much at all except to enthusiasts who are a tiny niche.

      Either which way it probably won’t give them the parts volume or profit margins they were getting years ago and so won’t be breathing new life into anything.

        • Generic
        • 3 years ago

        Thank you, I certainly can’t find fault with anything you said.

        I keep willfully ignoring the fact the most new got-to-have hardware will happily plug into most of things we already own.

        “Mom, a XPoint drive can’t possibly work with that ancient 32nm chip. You can practically see where the northbridge was sewn onto it!”

        • blastdoor
        • 3 years ago

        Depending on exactly what the cost and performance tradeoffs are, I wonder if we could see this technology in smartphones. If it’s cheaper than RAM but much faster than flash, then would it make sense to use it for virtual memory? On a device like a smartphone where you can generally only interact with one app at a time, maybe it’s not essential to keep background apps totally in memory, so long as switching between apps doesn’t have perceptible latency. Would this tech be fast enough to allow one to swap out apps without noticeable latency?

          • mesyn191
          • 3 years ago

          Maybe eventually since it has near DRAM speeds of latency and bandwidth but I wouldn’t expect anything like that soon. Smartphones are very much commodity items for most OEM’s and I don’t see them going for anything niche like this for years. It also won’t be much cheaper than DRAM or flash for a while. That is more of a long term price trend that you should start to see play out over the next 3-4yr.

          The expectation is $2-3/GB for Optane SSD’s for launch but I don’t think Intel has released exact official pricing. The really fast DRAM-like Optane (XPoint) is gonna be much more expensive than standard flash. Especially at launch. Oh it’ll look reasonable next to standard DDR4 ECC DIMM’s, even at launch, but that is far from cheap.

          The closest I’ve see to official pricing is this very wishy-washy statement: [url<][/url<] [quote<]D XPoint will be between DRAM - $5/GB - and flash - $0.20/GB. That's a lot of wiggle room. I expect they'll price 3D XPoint DIMMs at around $2/GB initially, but even at $1/GB, they'd be 5x NAND flash pricing.[/quote<] Remember the memory controller has to be able to support it and Intel is keeping the memory controller proprietary at least for a while. Intel holds most if not all the key patents on producing this stuff too so don't expect anyone else to make it for a long time either. So a new ARM SoC of some sort would have to be designed and fabbed up for it work as a DRAM supplement/replacement. Nothing out there now can do it. I don't think anything is planned to either. As a on phone NV SSD-like storage it'd be faster than current flash but not enough to make it worthwhile IMO. Current flash is pretty cheap and fast enough for what a smartphone needs to do. Its just being utilized and implemented in the cheapest fashion possible so that is why its not as fast as you'd expect on most cellphones. Newer phones will 4GB+ of RAM will make that a non-issue I believe even for the suspiciously cheap Chinese phones.

      • NTMBK
      • 3 years ago

      Plenty of PCs still ship with spinning disk HDDs. If they can’t make the economics work for moving to SSDs, what makes you think they’ll move to the even more expensive Optane?

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