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OMAP 5′s dual A15 cores wipe the floor with four A9s in browsing benchmark

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
OMAP 5

We’ve seen Texas Instrument’s OMAP 5 in action, but we haven’t been able to pit it directly against a competitor. The Dallas company must be growing more and more confident in its product however, as its posted a video demoing its pair of A15 cores alongside an unspecified quad-core A9 part — presumably the Tegra 3. The video shows the next-gen TI part powering through the EEMBC BrowsingBench in 95 seconds, while its opposition takes a whopping 201. What’s more, this thrashing was performed by an 800MHz part — the four A9s were clocked at 1.3GHz. Of course, Tegra 3s are already in shipping products, while the OMAP 5 might not find a home in consumer devices before 2013. It’s also unclear just how much of a hit these new high-powered ARM cores will have on battery life or how much the pair of M4 companion cores helped in the benchmark. Head on after the break to watch a pair of tablets load up 20 websites in quick succession.

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OMAP 5′s dual A15 cores wipe the floor with four A9s in browsing benchmark originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft leak reveals hotfix for underperforming Bulldozers

Sunday, December 18th, 2011
AMD’s Bulldozer silicon is enormously powerful, but most software isn’t configured to schedule threads for the faux-16 core design. Windows can only see the chip as a quad-core CPU and will randomly assign threads, which ruins the point of Bulldozer’s “Turbo Core” design. Microsoft inadvertently revealed it had teamed up with the chipmaker to fix the problem when it prematurely released a hotfix for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Initial tests showed that it could improve performance by up to seven percent, before it was pulled — Microsoft conceding that it wasn’t quite ready for prime-time.

Microsoft leak reveals hotfix for underperforming Bulldozers originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Dec 2011 05:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Zalman reportedly entering the graphics card market, merging GPUs with cooling solutions

Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Recently leaked slides suggest Korean computer outfit Zalman will soon jump into the ever-expanding graphics card market, initially partnering with AMD on its Radeon series. Known best for its quiet computing technologies, the company’s move to infuse GPUs with cooling solutions could enhance the performance of the cards, making overclocking a lesson in simplicity. The slides only show the AMD 6870, 6850, and 6770, but it’s feasible more models will appear when official news is released. Given AMD’s many board partners, differentiation is important to remain competitive and on their payroll — graphics cards and their overheating habits is Zalman’s cup of tea. Hopefully this brings more innovative products in the coming future (heck, we’ve already got GPU / NIC hybrids), perhaps as early as CES. Check past the break to view the specifications breakdown for the aforementioned cards.

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Zalman reportedly entering the graphics card market, merging GPUs with cooling solutions originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 11 Dec 2011 01:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M71z business desktop keeps your productivity up for $599

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Ready to revamp your company’s computer systems once the summer’s heat is a mere memory? Come this October, Lenovo’s letting loose its 20-inch ThinkCentre M71z all-in-one desktop, priced starting at just $599 to keep those expense reports low and your interest piqued. Better yet, you’ll be able to deck it out if you’re ready to rack up some points on the company credit card. Around the outside, you’ll find six USB ports and a DisplayPort connection, but it can also be equipped with a multi-touch screen as well as a two megapixel webcam — fantastic for those 10-way Skype or Google+ meetings. If you’re hungry for performance, the desktop can be maxed out with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, WiFi and either a 1TB HDD, or 160GB SSD capable of 15 second start-ups with RapidBoot. For good measure, the M71z comes bundled with Windows 7 Professional along with a wireless mouse and keyboard — the latter of which is flood spill-resistant. Please excuse us while we get back to the business of blogging, but you’ll find the full PR past the break.

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Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M71z business desktop keeps your productivity up for $599 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 10 Aug 2011 01:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Anandtech on the iPhone 4.01 Update: The Bars Show Higher and Lower Signals [Apple]

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Anandtech has studied apple’s new 4.01 OS update, and found that the new formula for displaying bars covers a much greater dynamic range. That is, it will show lower and higher signals than before, assigning those more extreme values as 1 and 5 bars. This means it’ll require more signal to show higher bars, with the result of the iPhone showing 5 bars less often, but also showing “no service” less often, too. [anandtech via macrumors] More »


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Anandtech on the iPhone 4.01 Update: The Bars Show Higher and Lower Signals [Apple]

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Anandtech has studied apple’s new 4.01 OS update, and found that the new formula for displaying bars covers a much greater dynamic range. That is, it will show lower and higher signals than before, assigning those more extreme values as 1 and 5 bars. This means it’ll require more signal to show higher bars, with the result of the iPhone showing 5 bars less often, but also showing “no service” less often, too. [anandtech via macrumors] More »


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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 becomes everyone’s favorite midrange graphics card

Monday, July 12th, 2010

It’s rare to come across a universally lauded product nowadays, but NVIDIA’s fresh new GTX 460 is just that sort of exceptional creation. Contrary to its GTX 465 elder brother, the 460 isn’t a chopped-down top-tier part and is instead built on the new GF104 core. This smaller core, designed from the start to perform humbler functions, has ameliorated the famed power inefficiency that has been a Fermi signature so far, and has resulted in AnandTech describing the new card as “the $200 king.” You’ll get 768MB of onboard RAM at that point, but we’d splurge an extra $30 to make that a round gigabyte and enjoy some extra L2 cache and ROPs on the card. Either way, the GTX 460 seems to have completely killed off the market for the 465 and is stepping all over ATI’s toes with its competitive pricing and, for once, decent heat and power metrics. Oh, and apparently it “overclocks like a monster” too — hit the links below for the full reviews.

Read – AnandTech
Read – HardOCP
Read – Hot Hardware
Read – Tom’s Hardware
Read – PC Perspective
Read – Bit-tech
Read – Guru 3D

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 becomes everyone’s favorite midrange graphics card originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Jul 2010 03:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Firmware corruption probe implicates at least one RealSSD C300

Friday, March 26th, 2010
We don’t know too many folks who shelled out the dosh for Crucial’s RealSSD C300, so perhaps it’s no surprise that we haven’t heard too many complaints about the the thing. We do know at least one high roller who got his hands on one, however, and for him things are definitely not going so swimmingly. In fact, our friend Anand is apparently the proud owner of one such device that just “decided to up and stop working one day.” That’s not good! While the cause has yet to be determined, Crucial has been in contact and seems to think that errors in the firmware tables have resulted in a a drive that is now very, very slow at powering up. It’s not clear whether or not this is going to be a common problem, but if the same thing happens to you perhaps you can sleep easily that at least there’s the possibility of saving your data. Or maybe you’re just kicking yourself for spending $800 on an SSD. Either way, Mr. AnandTech shares insight into this — and more, including poor performance after TRIMing the LBAs on his replacement SSD and more. Exciting, huh? Hit the source link to see for yourself.

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Firmware corruption probe implicates at least one RealSSD C300 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How Fast Are the New Intel Arrandale and Clarkdale? [CPUs]

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The reviews and benchmarks on the new Intel 32nm flagship chips are here. The usual suspects have put Arrandale—Core i5 Mobile and Core i3 Mobile for notebooks—and Clarkdale—Core i5 661 for desktops—under the microscope.

How fast are they? Really fast, obviously, and apparently totally worth the upgrade. Clarkdale is fastest that anything dual core out there, while both mobile chips are faster than their Core 2 Duo counterparts, with the extra performance having no impact on the battery life. Like always, don’t expect to play Crysis at full with the built-in GPU on any of these, but they will be fast enough for mere mortals. [Anandtech on Arrandale and Anandtech on Clarkdale, Hot hardware on ArrandaleHot Hardware on Clarkdale]



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Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 beta GPU acceleration tested, documented

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

We know you don’t actually care about 99 percent of the contents of the latest Flash Player update. What you really want to know is whether those new 1080p YouTube streams will run smoothly on your machine thanks to the newly implemented graphics card video acceleration. AnandTech has come to our collective aid on that one, with an extensive testing roundup of some of the more popular desktop and mobile GPU solutions. NVIDIA’s ION scored top marks, with “almost perfect” Hulu streaming (see table above), though Anand and crew encountered some issues with ATI’s chips and Intel’s integrated GMA 4500 MHD, which they attribute to the new Flash Player’s beta status. On the OS front, although Linux and Mac OS are not yet on the official hardware acceleration beneficiary list, the wily testers found marked improvements in performance under OS X. It seems, then, that Adobe has made good on its partnership with NVIDIA, and made ION netbooks all the more scrumptious in the process, while throwing a bone to the Mac crowd, but leaving the majority of users exercising the virtue of patience until the finalized non-beta Player starts making the rounds in a couple of months. Hit the read link for further edification.

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Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 beta GPU acceleration tested, documented originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Nov 2009 05:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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