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Battle of the GPUs: Is power efficiency the new must-have?

Posted on 17th Nov 2014 at 08:47 by Antony Leather with 45 comments

Antony Leather
Even just a year ago, having a hot-running graphics card such as AMD's R9 290X, was par for the course. Admittedly, there have been hotter and cooler examples of 'the must have' GPU over the years but in general, if it's good value and performs well, I'm usually sold.

This is especially true with me as I usually rip the stock cooler off a new graphics card straight away and fit a waterblock, so heat has never really bothered me. The exceptions were excessively inefficient models such as Nvidia's GTX 480, which weren't that fast and could heat your average Olympic swimming pool. Equally, AMD's dual-GPU offerings have often generated too much heat and been overkill for my needs.

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Hardware 29 – We are not Server Admins

Posted on 29th Nov 2011 at 08:00 by Podcast with 29 comments

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Now that both Intel and AMD have released their next-gen, super-fast processors, James, Clive, Paul and Antony gather in a dingy room to discuss the fall-out. We should stress that this isn’t a server room, so they’re still a bit disappointed by what amounts to a pair of server CPUs in consumer guise.

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Hardware 28 - Chatting with Corsair

Posted on 25th Sep 2011 at 11:30 by Podcast with 16 comments

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Paul, James and Harry go a little peripheral crazy in this week's hardware podcast, but that's understandable as they're joined by special guest Reuben Mookerjee, vice president of Corsair's Component division.

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of peripheral design, however, we do have time to cover one or two of the most pressing stories of the week. First on the list is Intel's announcement that it will be selling a low-cost liquid cooler for use with its forthcoming LGA2011 CPUs.

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Computex 2011 Predictions

Posted on 31st May 2011 at 14:21 by bit-tech Staff with 4 comments

bit-tech Staff
Computex is one of the most important times of the year for PC hardware – whether you’re a manufacturer or enthusiastic follower, the Taiwanese tech show is the place to be to see the best and brightest.

After all, Computex is where the netbook craze took off after Asus showed its EeePC 701 back in 2007, and it’s typically where we first see all the tech that’ll we be buying in the September rush and that’ll appear in our Christmas stockings.

We’ve already seen some news from Taiwan, but we thought we’d put together a few predictions before the show starts in earnest and see how they come out.

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Hardware 23 - Socket to 'em

Posted on 9th May 2011 at 11:49 by Podcast with 5 comments

Podcast
This week, Clive, Harry, Paul and Antony discuss Folding@home, going through what it's all about and what hardware you should be using to generate the most points per day.

Also on the agenda are some of our thoughts about factory-overclocked graphics cards. We discuss where in the market these provide real value, and when you’d be better of trading up to a better GPU altogether.

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Computex 2010: AMD, ARM, Intel and the Taiwanese Sony

Posted on 14th Jun 2010 at 12:11 by Richard Swinburne with 12 comments

Richard Swinburne
As Alex did with his Winners and Losers of Computex 2010, it's time to look back and think about some highlights from the show.

For a show perhaps lacking in killer products, there was certainly plenty to think about - I've completely filled my notebook (don't cry, on the upside it's been replaced with a Shrek 4 branded one from Apogee) - so here's what caught my eye at Computex this year.

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AMD 890FX overclocking and memory performance

Posted on 27th Apr 2010 at 12:26 by Richard Swinburne with 3 comments

Today sees the launch of a new six-core consumer CPU from AMD, the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition, and new high-end motherboard chipset, the 890FX.

As you'd expect from a big launch, there's been a lot of jostling for position behind the scenes, especially here in Taipei, Taiwan. As it's a high-end launch, the various motherboard and memory companies involved have been checking out how the new chip and chipset fare with overclocking, and I dropped by G.Skill's offices a couple of weeks ago to get their impressions of AMD's new kit.

At the time, I filed a story about G.Skill's latest 2,500MHz DDR3 but I also had the chance to see the Asus M4A89GTO Pro (890FX/SB850) running four sticks of DDR3 at 1,800MHz, with timings of 6-8-6-24-40-2T.

The overclocked test system used the latest Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition C3, however we also saw it achieve similar memory speeds using a Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition too. The higher frequency is easier to hit with the latest C3 stepping CPUs thanks to AMD’s refinement of its CPU-NB link, but if you have a “good” C2 it can hits these speeds too.

G.Skill were keen to point out that the CAS 6 isn't achievable with every 890FX board at launch, although when as I visited a couple of weeks before the launch, the company's reps told me the FAE teams at each motherboard company still had time to tweak and tune their BIOSes.

4GB memory kits will be available soon and should have either Perfect Storm or Trident heatsinks attached, but the company is as yet undecided about upcoming ranges. As for buying an Asus M4A89GTO Pro - well, when AMD launches its 890FX soon, then you can get one! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

AMD 890FX overclocking and memory performance
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AMD 890FX overclocking and memory performance
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AMD 890FX overclocking and memory performance
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Hardware 9 - iPad, eReaders, and who has the brighter future, Intel or AMD?

Posted on 29th Jan 2010 at 16:57 by Podcast with 7 comments

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The hardware podcast kicks off 2010 belatedly, but with over 55 minutes of hardcore hardware chat. Alex, Clive and Antony discuss everything the major since our last hardware pod in November 2009.

Intel's cancelled Larrabee, but launched the first CPUs with integrated graphics, but are there clouds on the horizon for x86?

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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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Upgrading your graphics card is so easy even a monkey can do it

Posted on 20th Jan 2010 at 10:55 by Alex Watson with 27 comments

Alex Watson
AMD's marketing gets criticised for lacking the clarity and presence messages of Intel's campaigns - and though what the two firms spend is vastly different (Intel's ad ad spend is a story in itself), it's somehow not surprising to find out that AMD hires Marketing Executives who openly admit that they wouldn't buy its products if they didn't work there.

What's most frustrating about AMD's marketing is that it lacks the strong, coherent story Intel usually manages to present - take, for instance, laptops. Centrino, with its colourful little butterfly logo, was great at saying "this laptop has good battery life, WiFi and decent performance." For most people, who are uninterested in CPU architecture and clockspeed, it was ideal; clear, simple and in tune with what the majority of people wanted. AMD still - over six years late - has no rival to Centrino, opting instead for a confusing jumble of AMD, Radeon and WiFi badges to tell consumers the same thing.

Which brings us onto AMD's latest marketing idea. Monkeys - yes, real, actual, live monkeys - installing graphics cards. It's true! The video is embedded after the jump.

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