Posted on 17th Nov 2014 at 08:47 by Antony Leather with 45 comments
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.
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.
Posted on 31st May 2011 at 14:21 by bit-tech Staff with 4 comments
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.
Posted on 29th May 2011 at 10:48 by Podcast with 12 comments
As the final part of our 3D week, Clive, Joe and James sit down to discuss 3D with Nvidia's senior EMEAI PR manager, Ben Berraondo.
The team pose Ben a range of questions about everything from why people should be using 3D to whether or not it’s just a gimmick and what we can expect to see from 3D in the future. We also discuss what’s holding 3D back from catching on in the mainstream.
Posted on 7th Jan 2011 at 11:10 by Richard Swinburne with 13 comments
Anyone remember ESA
? Nvidia's attempt at making the PC platform its own with the 'Enthusiast Systems Architecture' software? The idea was to get other manufacturers to include little chips in their hardware that enabled them to talk to Nvidia's motherboards. Nvidia's ESA software would then report all the readouts: voltages, temperatures, speeds and so in a single, central interface.
The problem? Other companies (mostly motherboard makers) already had their own software, and they were (and still are) key features with which to differentiate and sell their products. They already did most of the same tasks, such as temperature and voltage monitoring, as well as overclocking, even if they lacked the fancy 3D interface.
Posted on 11th Nov 2010 at 16:09 by Clive Webster with 53 comments
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.
Posted on 10th Nov 2010 at 14:44 by Clive Webster with 56 comments
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.
Posted on 18th Jun 2010 at 10:10 by Podcast with 9 comments
Welcome to Episode 12 of the bit-tech
and Custom PC
podcast, brought to you from our plush media suite located just outside of Cape Town. No, really, we've got the vuvuzelas
and everything... Oh, alright, we're actually in the usual backroom of our central London office.
Now that we've recovered from Computex 2010
and got things into some semblance of order in our lives, we can reflect on what the show had to offer. Exactly why was Nvidia harping on about 3D when the rest of the show was tablet mad? Could it be that Nvidia has some high-end graphics cards to shift, perhaps? We look back at Asus' huge Immensity motherboard
, PowerColor's crazy HD 5770 range
and why ARM are feeling so confident
at the moment.
Posted on 8th Jun 2010 at 12:41 by Alex Watson with 17 comments
According to the flight map, as I finish this blog post, I’m somewhere west of Ulan Bator, on my home from Computex 2010 in Taipei. It started with me lying awake with jetlag late one night and early one morning, passing the time making a list of the companies I thought had a good show, and who didn’t.
While some people – inevitably – complained that the show wasn’t as busy as in previous years, I think that’s probably because there weren’t many (if any) amazing, ready-to-ship products to catch people’s attention on the show floor. However, thinking about the companies that came out well (and those that faired poorly) from Computex, what struck me this year was that how the list illustrates how rapidly the traditional power structures in the tech industry are changing.
Before I run down the winners and losers, I ought to say I was looking for companies that had either an unexpectedly good or bad show. I’m not going to list those that performed pretty much as expected. I should also say this is very much my personal list; I’ve batted a few emails back and forth with Rich and Harry, and their views are quite different – when they get a free moment, they’ll also post their thoughts.
Posted on 1st Mar 2010 at 12:20 by Podcast with 15 comments
The long-awaited (or so we’d like to think) tenth episode of the Hardware Podcast sees Rich, Clive, Harry and James rather confused about tenses and timelines. You’d think that four reasonably intelligent hardware reviewers would be able to understand that if you record a pod on Thursday to cast on Monday, you need to act as if Monday is in the past
. Apparently not. Revealed in this pod: the capital of Hardwareland is Gulftown
, and the most effective components for an energy-efficient PC