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One of the issues with modern computers has been airflow and cooling. The latest generation of NVIDIA video cards, the GeForce GTX480 has been jokingly referred to as the graphics card that can fry an egg. CPUs are getting increasingly large amounts of TDP and temperatures that are exceeding 75C are not unusual.  Case manufacturers have been releasing cases with higher airflow to allow for... continued.
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It’s a constant struggle between AMD and NVIDIA for the performance leadership position. For the last few years NVIDIA with their 8800GTX through the GTX 480 has had the single-chip leadership position. AMD countered the GTX 480 with their dual-chip HD 5970, which was slightly more expensive but outperformed the single chip GeForce card, as two of the AMD chips were a bit much for the card to... continued.
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AMD launched their Barts chip just a few days ago with the launch of the RADEON HD 6870 and HD 6850 which are the Barts XT and Pro versions of their 6 Series. The 6870 is the replacement for the HD 5770 card at $239.99 and the HD 6850 is the replacement for the HD 5750 at $179.99. These cards represent an upgrade to near the HD 5 series of the same last three numbers.Without going into AMD’s... continued.
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If you have ever dropped a laptop, or dropped liquid such as water or soda on your laptop, one of the issues has been that they tend to break the laptop whether breaking it apart or causing damage to internal components. One time, I accidentally stepped on my laptop and had nice black streaks across a cracked screen where the LCD screen broke.There are also people that need a rugged laptop for... continued.
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Intel has showed off their new Sandy Bridge architecture at this month’s Intel’s Developers Forum (IDF) event. This will bring the graphics core to the CPU die integrated versus as a separate package on the die as is on the current Core i5 and i3 CPUs. The integrated graphics on the Sandy Bridge will be DirectX 10.1 based and have the capability of playing mainstream and casual titles like... continued.
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Hard disk capacities are growing at an ever-growing rate and the cost per gigabyte has gone down to the point where $99 can get you 2TB of storage space, that’s a mere 5 cents a gigabyte. This compares to the thousands of dollars you would have to spend on a hard disk 20 years ago, or several hundred dollars per gigabyte.  The reason costs have gone down is that the density for each platter... continued.
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AMD has been on a roll lately with their video card releases. Last year they released their first DirectX 11 video cards in the form of the Evergreen family of video cards. The high-end last year was taken up by the Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon HD 5850 video cards. These two cards represented the pinnacle of video cards on AMD chips until today.AMD decided to launch a second series of DirectX 11... continued.
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Every year ATI and NVIDIA release new video cards for the high-end, the mainstream and the value segments. It is a constant struggle with new chips being designed and released. Generally AMD has released a new architecture every two years with a refresh of that architecture released the year after, followed by the next architecture on a new process node the year after.AMD launched their Evergreen... continued.
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One of the most overlooked  but used components of a computer is the keyboard. A keyboard along with the mouse is used more than any other computer component though they do not necessarily make the computer faster or look better by themselves. Gaming keyboards have come into the fray with the introduction of the Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard in 2006. Today there are a wide variety of... continued.
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To many people the case is just as important as the other components of a computer as the expansion capabilities, the size of the case, the cooling and therefore the maximum number of fans and other factors are determined by the selection of a case.  The case is also generally the first thing people look at when seeing a computer for the first time.  Mid Tower cases are popular as they... continued.
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The launch of the AMD Radeon HD 5870 a year ago has brought DirectX 11 features to gamers worldwide. AMD has released a top-to bottom line up from $599 to $59 with their HD 5450 chips. In terms of cards sold NVIDIA has not been much competition on the low-end of the market as NVIDIA only recently began selling derivatives of their GeForce Fermi series driving price points down for the market.... continued.
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With the introduction of the 6-core Core i7-980X and Core i7-970 6 core CPUs and new features like USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/second the various motherboard manufacturers have come back to the X58 chipset as their high-end solution for the computing market place. It’s interesting, as with the release of the P55/H55/Q57 series of Intel motherboards and Core i7 870 CPUs that run nearly as fast as the... continued.
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I hope you enjoyed my look at the first two days of the GTC and Emerging Companies Summit. After a week of sitting through many hours of sessions on graphics technology and the science applications of such, it’s good to sit back and reflect upon graphics technology as a whole.  Graphics technology has been on a ever-spiraling scale of improving speed, sophistication and features that has... continued.
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It has been an interesting 2010 so far in the world of computers.  The delayed introduction of Fermi and the resulting domination of ATI video cards has continued, and Fermi,while faster than the HD 5870 in many respects, simply didn’t have the same power draw and cost metric. On the CPU side of things, Intel has released Core i5 and i3 CPUs with integrated graphics on the CPU itself.  ... continued.
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Anytime you take a trip it requires planning and foresight. The pre-trip planning involved getting plane tickets, taking time off work, and arranging meetings with various companies at the conference. Plane tickets were issued for Monday September 20th with a return date of Friday September 24th, Hotel accommodations were set for the San Jose Marriott and I was set to go. The flight was set for... continued.

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