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What does TDP mean, Nvidia?

Posted on 11th Nov 2010 at 16:09 by Clive Webster with 53 comments

Clive Webster
TDP is typically defined as Thermal Design Power, the amount of power (heat) that a cooler must dissipate in order to keep a silicon chip within its operating temperatures. While Intel and AMD disagree as to what test to run to measure this, both agree that it’s a measurement of waste heat output from a chip.

Reading through the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB review guide threw up a new definition, however: ‘TDP is a measure of maximum power draw over time in real world applications.’ Even if Nvidia’s definition is the correct one, I have to wonder why it wanted to use the term in this way at all.

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What’s next for the GeForce 500-series?

Posted on 10th Nov 2010 at 14:44 by Clive Webster with 56 comments

Clive Webster
Now that we’ve seen the speed of the GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB, our attention naturally turns to the future. Unfortunately, while we know some interesting things about the forthcoming ATI Radeon HD 6900-series, we’re still not allowed to tell you anything about it, so I’ll focus instead on what I think the rest of the GeForce 500-series might have in store.

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Pocket-lint broke my iPhone

Posted on 30th Oct 2010 at 09:37 by Clive Webster with 26 comments

Clive Webster
Damn them and their photo-heavy gadget coverage. No, actually I’m talking about the fluff in my pocket. It’s all very well having a single device that does everything from run Windows 3.1 to play tunes to surf the web, but there’s no way to cover the mini-jack hole and the iPod connector, so they gather dust and fluff.

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Site-Seeing: Walk It

Posted on 3rd Oct 2010 at 08:16 by Clive Webster with 17 comments

Clive Webster
London was held to ransom by a Tube strike the other day, which meant I was in a pickle as to how to get home. Thankfully, I remembered a site I’d heard about a while ago called Walk It, which plots you a route from one location to another, specifically for walking. I only live five miles away, so I could just walk home. As an aside, it was ironic that on my way into work on the Tube that morning The London Underground song (which is definitely NSFW) came on my iPhone.

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PC Hardware Buyer's Guide, June 2010

Posted on 15th Jun 2010 at 13:08 by Clive Webster with 19 comments

Clive Webster
Regular readers of the site will have noticed that our Hardware Buyer's Guide has been stuck on May despite it being mid-June already. There is a reason for this...

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Asus Xonar Xense Wallpaper

Posted on 3rd Jun 2010 at 11:32 by Clive Webster with 11 comments

Clive Webster
You'll hopefully have seen our Asus Xonar Xense Audio Bundle review, and may have been wowed by the image we took for the front page. If you arrived at the review via the Forums, just read on to see what I mean. The image was so good that I thought I'd offer it as desktop wallpaper for anyone that wanted it.

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Does the GeForce GTX 465 reveal Nvidia’s plans for Fermi?

Posted on 18th May 2010 at 17:20 by Clive Webster with 39 comments

Clive Webster
You’ll probably have read the rumours the first mid-range Fermi GPU from Nvidia will be called a GeForce GTX 465 – now it seems to me that’s an odd choice of branding for two reasons.

Firstly, 465 doesn’t fit the naming of the two current Fermi cards, the GeForce GTX 470 and GeForce GTX 480, which use even numbers rather than 5s.

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My PC is a teenager – it won’t wake up in the morning

Posted on 22nd Mar 2010 at 10:14 by Clive Webster with 43 comments

Clive Webster
I usually set my PC to Sleep overnight so that I can start work exactly where I left off (and within a few seconds too). Since a few days ago, my PC has refused to wake up though. Every morning I have to do the tech-equivalent of pulling off the covers and opening the curtains, which usually means crawling around under my desk. This is a less than perfect start to my day.

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How To Fix Underscan in ATI's Catalyst Control Center

Posted on 3rd Mar 2010 at 09:53 by Clive Webster with 25 comments

Clive Webster
I've just updated my graphics driver to Catalyst 10.2, and it doesn't seem to know what a 1080p screen is... The screen is being underscanned, so there's a huge black border around the displayed image. There's a way to fix the issue, but it's hardly easy.

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Nvidia says Fermi is great, but who knows?

Posted on 18th Jan 2010 at 12:28 by Clive Webster with 71 comments

Clive Webster
You’ve probably seen a fair bit of Fermi coverage around the interwebs today, and might even be wondering why we’ve not posted something. We were at the same briefing as these other sites, after all. If you’ve read the coverage elsewhere carefully, you’ll notice that there’s the odd dig at not seeing benchmarks, or hardware, from Nvidia and that’s why we’ve not posted a big extravaganza as well as Keir Graham’s mod.

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