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Thoughts from AMD's GPU Technology Conference

Posted on 29th Jan 2010 at 11:08 by Richard Swinburne with 6 comments

Richard Swinburne
Last week in London, AMD gathered just over a dozen journalists from all over Europe at an event entitled its "GPU Technology Conference". We sat down with Richard Huddy, Worldwide Developer Relations, and Neal Robison, Global Director of Developer Relations from AMD, as well as Adrian Thompson Vice-President of Global Marketing from Sapphire, Gareth Thomas, Senior Programmer from CodeMasters and Chris Kingsley, CTO from Rebellion, in a round-table discussion about all things AMD GPU.

For the most part, we've covered AMD's position on a lot of topics in our interview with Richard Huddy, AMD Worldwide Developer Relations Manager, so we didn't feel the need to reiterate them again.

That's not the only reason why I've opted for this blog post, though; the second reason is that I feel AMD runs out of steam once it covers DirectX 11 and Eyefinity, and that its "open" attitude might appear noble but it's covering up for other inadequacies.

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Test Bench Roundup #1: Intel and MSI

Posted on 27th Jan 2010 at 10:27 by Richard Swinburne with 7 comments

Richard Swinburne
Test rigs are a rarely catered-for niche, since most people prefer a whole case with side panels and stuff. Antec tried and failed with its Skeleton chassis, completely forgetting that a test bench needs to accommodate all sorts of potential setups - including after market coolers, an area which it was not so compatible with. In a sense, it was the glam-rocker of test benches with all show and no metal core.

We've had a couple drop on our doorstep recently and true to form they are raw to the core. We thought we'd write a blog about the test-benches we use regularly for those who like the idea of a freestanding, easy access "case".

They are surprisingly diverse as you'll see below, and in part 2 I'll treat you to possibly the greatest creation of all time: my home-modded one!

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Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN

Posted on 22nd Jan 2010 at 10:48 by Richard Swinburne with 16 comments

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We recently had a look at Sharkoon's SATA QuickPort USB 3.0 in our USB 3.0 article (who'd have thought!), but just recently Sharkoon has released its SATA QuickPort Pro with an Ethernet socket.

The 'QuickPort' product is not unique to Sharkoon - it is a rebrand that a few other companies, such as Thermaltake, have done in the past. However since the USB 3.0, and now the LAN version, Sharkoon is carving out a little market niche.

Why do we care about LAN though? Well it simply makes any hard drive instantly accessible over a network, instead of adding an external or caddied hard drive and fiddling around with shares.

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The Japanese know how to sell me flash drives

Posted on 19th Jan 2010 at 09:44 by Richard Swinburne with 13 comments

Verbatim Japan sure knows how to sell me a flash drive with its "build your own flash drive monster" game here.

It looks better than it sounds, trust me.

The Japanese know how to sell me flash drives
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Nvidia: Remember who got you where you are today

Posted on 12th Jan 2010 at 13:08 by Richard Swinburne with 43 comments

Richard Swinburne
At its main press conference this year in CES, Nvidia stamped in stone where it's heading in the future: towards a consumer technology design house, rather than a more "geeky" PC component design company.

Literally one minute was devoted to mentioning that its upcoming Fermi products are "in production", but Nvidia didn't go so far as to confirm an actual arrival date. There was a working Fermi card showed off on its stand running the DirectX 11 Unigen engine, but Nvidia's biggest and most complex chip to date didn't even make the main stage.

With the entire presentation dedicated to its Tegra 2 products, this tips in the face of the original Tegra launch at Computex 2008, where the launch was shoved in mid-week and in the middle of the afternoon - hardly prime time.

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Richard's Biggest Fails of 2009

Posted on 4th Jan 2010 at 12:33 by Richard Swinburne with 29 comments

Richard Swinburne
Joe didn't let me put this in the Biggest Fails of 2009 article because he doesn't like bullet points. I do though, so I'm posting my Biggest Fails of 2009 as a blog instead...

By which I mean, my choice observations of failure, not my own personal mistakes.

Ahem.

Anyway, we’ve had a bumper year for new products – many of which have leaped forward in terms of performance: Intel's Lynnfield and Nehalem EP CPUs, Indilinx SSDs, DirectX 11, ATI HD 5800 series, Windows 7 (and of course, Snow Leopard and Karmic Koala). Even minor updates such as SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 have shown promise. However, there have been many failures - and unlike everyone else in the main Fail article, I'm not going to limit my rage to just one. Nope, I'm ranting about them all!

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The future of Mass Effect should be in the cloud

Posted on 22nd Dec 2009 at 10:49 by Richard Swinburne with 11 comments

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Firstly, I have to apologise. I've succumbed to the marketing gimmick that is “the cloud”. However, there is a point to this so don't worry - you’re not reading a press release.

After reading and getting excited about Mass Effect 2 – how it will be possible to carry on your player profile, and the in third release sometime in the future – the player will apparently be open to “wildly different conclusions” leading to massive diversity of story.

What gets me, in the traditional model of selling one game, then another, then another, why Bioware didn’t opt for the more “MMO”-esq model of having things tied in extensively online. The limitations of adding these epic, whole game updates is that users lose save games and profiles after a year or so between releases, or, you still have to pander to those who didn’t buy the earlier releases to some extent because your publisher wants every successive release of the franchise to sell more. In a model that requires you to buy previous games, the opposite is true – you’re more likely to lose people that fall out of gaming, forget about it or lose love for it, than attain more.

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Asus Motherboard Mayhem Flash Game

Posted on 17th Dec 2009 at 10:11 by Richard Swinburne with 39 comments

Asus Motherboard Mayhem Flash Game - I saw it on an (Asus) friends facebook page last night and made the mistake of playing without thinking how late it was.

You have been warned: it's incredibly addictive. If you liked Tower Defence, this is the Asus take on it.

Obviously they are all things to do with Asus "Xtreme Design" motherboards - so you Asus gets a little marketing your way in the process, but still, much fun.

Let us know your scores etc!

Asus Motherboard Mayhem Flash Game

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Long Term Reliability?

Posted on 9th Dec 2009 at 11:13 by Richard Swinburne with 29 comments

Richard Swinburne
Something that's impossible to cover in reviews is the long term reliability of products. If you're reading this, here, it's highly likely you've built your own PC and have some experience with reliability of components. Obviously some of you will have been doing it longer than others or had access to more hardware. It's obviously subjective: we have our favourite brands that work for us, but I wanted to formalise our experiences and know what you've owned and how well its worked for you? Is it still working or did it only last six months? We want to know both good and bad stories.

In an age of "Ultra Durable", "Xtreme Design" and "Military Grade" marketing it's essential to sort the wheat from the chaff so we're better informed as consumers.

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EK Waterblock on the Radeon HD 5870

Posted on 4th Dec 2009 at 10:41 by Richard Swinburne with 13 comments

We had planned a whole article around this, but our Asus 5870 voltage tweak isn't playing ball and we can't work out why. During the review it worked perfectly, however after applying the waterblock and reinstalling the card it wouldn't overclock for toffee.

Unfortunately, after a day and a half of solid fiddling we had to call it a day and move on with other reviews. However - I couldn't pass up the opportunity to give our friends at EK some love, and show off their lovely waterblock.

EK Waterblock on the Radeon HD 5870
EK Waterblock on the Radeon HD 5870

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