Hardware 24 - A Computex-Free Zone

Posted on 1st Jun 2011 at 15:37 by Podcast with 4 comments

Paul is joined by Harry and Clive to talk about the latest in the world of PC hardware. This was before Paul jetted off to Computex 2011, so we're debating everything from Nvidia’s naming scheme to Intel’s latest chipset.

For example, why has Nvidia called its latest GPU the GeForce GTX 560? Surely that’s just confusing, what with the GeForce GTX 560 Ti? Also, what’s with the non-standard clock speeds for the GTX 560? The Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB Amp! is within the reference range of frequencies and yet it's faster than a stock-speed GTX 560 Ti 1GB, despite its supposedly lesser rank in Nvidia’s range.

We also moan about how this makes our jobs a lot harder, as it’s difficult to recommend one GPU over another without getting into some very techy discussion. Even we struggled to stay interested as we delved into GPU architectures, the merits of having more resources versus higher frequencies and which card is right for certain sizes of monitor. Sheesh. Maybe in future we’ll just avoid the issue and continue to recommend the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC.

We also talk about Intel’s latest Z68 chipset. The hybrid graphics via Lucid Virtu isn’t great at the moment, but Smart Response is better.

Harry also likes the look of Intel’s 3D Tri-gate transistors, claiming that ‘they will bring the rain… to AMD… in the face.’ Also, here’s a much better explanation of Moore’s Law than we could manage.

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billysielu 1st June 2011, 16:25 Quote
You mean better than a stock 560 Ti?
Claave 1st June 2011, 18:43 Quote
Originally Posted by billysielu
You mean better than a stock 560 Ti?

Suffix added, confusion slightly reduced.
l3v1ck 2nd June 2011, 22:24 Quote
Thanks for the in depth answer on my question guys :)
l3v1ck 3rd June 2011, 10:34 Quote
Speaking of SSD's. I'd be interested to hear your views on native PCIe SSD's as opposed to the PCIe SSD's of the past that just used SATA RAID on a PCIe card.
I just read Anandtech's review of the Micron P320h and it seems a very interesting concept. Obviously the current prices are way above the comsumer level, but in the future I can see native PCIe SSD's becoming the norm as they'll be able to get around the SATA bottleneck.
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