Archive for the ‘sandy bridge’ tag

Hardware 21 - The Coffee Incident

Posted on 1st Apr 2011 at 11:59 by Podcast with 17 comments

This week's podcast finds Harry, Paul and Clive having a good chat about what's current in the PC hardware world.

At the top of the list is Nvidia's new graphics card, the GeForce GTX 590 3GB. The card crams two whole GPUs onto a single PCB, and its performance is great. As we discuss in the podcast, though, it's really the driver support that will make it either a classic or a flash in the pan.

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Hardware 20 - What's with all the Kettle Leads?

Posted on 11th Mar 2011 at 16:10 by Podcast with 11 comments

After a brief hiatus, we've now returned with another hardware podcast, bringing Paul, James, Clive and Harry together to talk about the latest happenings in the hardware world.

First up on our list of topics is the AMD Radeon HD 6990. The card has firmly cemented itself at the top of the graphics card hierarchy, but how easy is it to live with such a card? We also discuss the unusual overclocking switch, which is a standard feature that also voids your warranty if you actually use it.

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Hardware 19 - The Cockney Cast

Posted on 18th Feb 2011 at 10:18 by Podcast with 7 comments

This week's bit-tech and Custom PC podcast is brought to you by Clive, Antony and Paul.

First on the agenda is the continuing Intel Sandy Bridge saga, and what motherboard manufacturers are doing to sort it out. We also comment on MSI's returns strategy, which the company announced on Wednesday.

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Hardware 18 - 46 Different Flavours

Posted on 5th Feb 2011 at 12:53 by Podcast with 10 comments

This week's hardware podcast involves Paul, Harry, Clive and Antony and starts out on a fairly serious note as we talk about the current problems surrounding Intel's P67 and H67 chipsets. We offer advice to those of you who've purchased an affected board and discuss what those of you who are in the market for an upgrade should be doing.

Harry then fills us in on the latest happenings from the labs while also giving a sneak peak on what he's been testing for the last couple of days. It’s worth having a listen if you’ve got your eye on a new graphics card purchase sometime soon.

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Hardware 17 - Ramobo: First Blood

Posted on 20th Jan 2011 at 07:32 by Podcast with 25 comments

In this week’s hardware podcast Paul, Harry, Antony and Clive sit down to discuss the latest happenings in the world of computer hardware.

First on the list of topics, much to Clive's disappointment, is the launch of Intel's new Sandy Bridge based LGA1155 CPUs. We cover the basics of what makes the new processors so ace, while discussing who should actually be upgrading to these ridiculously overclockable chips.

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Intel Sandy Bridge launch was pointless

Posted on 4th Jan 2011 at 14:12 by James Gorbold with 49 comments

James Gorbold
While the review we published yesterday of Intel's new Sandy Bridge range of CPUs was extremely glowing, the fact remains that launching it at 5am (UK time) on 3 January was pointless.

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Hardware 16 - The RAM Raiders

Posted on 9th Dec 2010 at 14:19 by Podcast with 29 comments

We're back on air with another hardware podcast. This week Paul, James, Harry and Antony get together to discuss some of the latest goings on in the world of computer hardware.

First up on the agenda is the new graphics card releases from Nvidia - the GTX 580 and GTX 570. Harry has spent a lot of time with both cards over the last few weeks, so he walks us through what's new about the two cards.

James also puts Paul on the spot by grilling him on what he's been up to with the Sandy Bridge processors in our labs. Obviously we weren't able to go into too many details as Intel is keeping Sandy Bridge performance numbers top secret at the moment, but we share what we can.

Finally we move on to talk about what is currently happening in the world of RAM as the market has seen a number of high profile launches over the past couple of weeks. We also squeeze in the usual guess the hardware competition and a couple of your questions too.

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bit-tech is testing Sandy Bridge

Posted on 6th Dec 2010 at 12:36 by Paul Goodhead with 60 comments

Paul Goodhead
Yep, forgive us for feeling a little smug but we've been putting a selection of Sandy Bridge chips through their paces over the last few days. Obviously we can’t say anything about the numbers we're seeing but needless to say we'll be well prepared to give a full and comprehensive review when the CPUs launch.

Obviously the fact that we're testing these CPUs must mean we've got some compatible motherboards in the labs too, so you can also expect a veritable bevy of motherboard reviews at launch too.

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Hardware 15 - Who ate all the pies?

Posted on 2nd Nov 2010 at 11:52 by Podcast with 11 comments

Yes, we've finally found time to record a new hardware podcast. Once you're over the shock you'll be able to hear the dulcet tones of Clive, Paul, Alex and James discussing the current goings on in the world of PC hardware.

We start by taking a look at the launch of ATI's Radeon HD 6870 1GB and HD 6850 1GB, discussing where they fit into the market and why we've chosen to call them ATI cards instead of AMD cards. Clive also spells out why ATI seems to have broken its naming convention with the two cards.

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Sandy Bridge overclocks to 5.2GHz?

Posted on 1st Oct 2010 at 12:36 by Richard Swinburne with 31 comments

Richard Swinburne
Facebook is occasionally a wonderful thing. Gigabyte employee and extreme performance guru, Hi Cookie, posted a rather interesting and cryptic message today on the book of faces, claiming,

'Air cooling 4C/8T 3Dmark vantage Pass by 5.2GHz, hmm...interesting ^^'

The replies immediately alluded to and assumed Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, as a "SuperPi sub 7 on air" would smash the current world leader on HWBot.

At this stage it's worth noting that nothing has been confirmed by Gigabyte, the Facebook post merely states that something has been overclocked to 5.2GHz and that it rips through SuperPi.

However, given that the GO OC competition is over and Gigabyte, like other motherboard companies, will be beavering away at optimising their LGA1155 motherboards ready for launch, things do certainly point in the Sandy Bridge direction.

Feel free to see the thread below, and chirp in with your own thoughts on the forums.

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