I just finished listening in to the conference call for financial analysts regarding AMD's CEO transition from Rory Read to Dr. Lisa Su. As usual in cases like this one, the words spoken by Read and Su were carefully chosen and partially scripted ahead of time. As a result, they didn't offer a completely satisfying answer to the questions on everyone's minds about why Read is leaving just a few short years after he took the helm at AMD. Carefully crafted statements from large companies in a time of change rarely satisfy everyone's natural curiosity. One always wonders if there is a larger story behind the official narrative.
Perhaps we'll find out about a profound internal disagreement or dissatisfaction from the ...
Topre keyboards are definitely the odd ducks of the mechanical menagerie. Unlike regular mechanical offerings, their switches use a rubber membrane to provide resistance. But unlike cheap rubber-dome keyboards, Topre keyboards hide the rubber under a switch mechanism that's independent of the key cap—and the switches actuate via electrostatic capacitance, so you don't need to push down all the way for a key press to register. The end result is something that feels sturdier and more precise than vanilla rubber domes yet softer and quieter than conventional mechanical clickers.
In practice, Topre switches are surprisingly satisfying to type on. Our first encounter with them was in Topre's Type Heaven, which we wound up gracing with our Editor's Choice award. ...
Haswell-E and its X99 sidekick are easily the most exciting tag team for high-end desktops. The CPU crams up to eight cores into a single socket, and it's backed by quad channels of cutting-edge DDR4 memory. Haswell-E chips also have up to 40 PCIe Gen3 lanes, providing copious bandwidth for multi-card graphics configs and high-speed SSDs. And then there's the X99 chipset, which is brimming with USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA ports, plus configurable I/O lanes that can be devoted to SATA Express or M.2 storage.
This duo isn't Intel's ...
I was really under the gun when I was trying to finish up my GeForce GTX 970 and 980 review. As a result, I wasn't able to track down the cause of an interesting anomaly in my test results. Have a look at the theoretical peak pixel fill rate of the GTX 970 and 980 reference cards (along with the Asus Strix 970 card we tested) based on the GPU's active ROP count and clock speed:
|GeForce GTX 970||75||123/123||3.9||4.7||224|
|Asus Strix GTX 970||80||130/130||4.2||5.0||224|
|GeForce GTX 980||78||156/156||5.0||4.9||224|
One of the more intriguing capabilities Nvidia introduced with the GeForce GTX 970 and 980 is a feature called Dynamic Super Resolution, or DSR, for short. DSR is a way for a fast GPU to offer improved image quality on a lower-resolution display. Nvidia bills it as a means of getting 4K quality on a 2K display.
That sounds a little too good to be true, but still, my interest is piqued. Given that a whopping 77% of TR readers have monitors with a resolution of 1920x1200 or lower, I suspect DSR might ...
Typical PC enthusiasts may spend more on their PCs than you might think—and by the looks of it, their taste for high-end hardware isn't just limited to core components.
Those are two of the main takeaways from the TR Hardware Survey 2014, in which we invited readers to answer 26 questions about their PCs. Around ...
Flash memory is simultaneously shrinking and expanding. The actual memory cells are getting smaller thanks to advancements in fabrication technology, fueling an increase in density that enables higher-capacity chips. For the most part, that's just great. Higher bit densities reduce the cost per gigabyte, while higher-capacity chips facilitate SSDs with more total storage.
Unfortunately, stuffing more gigabytes into each chip also presents a problem. SSDs now require fewer chips to hit the same capacity, and in some cases, they ...
Big changes are afoot at Corsair. The company just launched its new Corsair Gaming division, which is focused on making peripherals like mice, keyboards, and headsets tailored to the specific needs of elite PC gamers.
To mark the launch of this new division, the firm introduced one of its first Corsair Gaming products, the K70 RGB. With Corsair-exclusive Cherry MX RGB LED key switches and a very sophisticated backlight controller onboard, the ...
We first heard about Euclideon back in 2011, when the company posted a video of a voxel-based rendering engine designed to enable environments with unlimited detail. This month, the firm made headlines again with a new video—and even more boisterous promises. Take a look:
Date: September 23, 2014
Hosted by: Jordan Drake
Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, and Cyril Kowaliski
This is the part where we list out all the great things you'll hear on this episode of the podcast. Here's the thing though: all that information is listed out nicely in the "Tech Discussion" bullets below. So why do you need to keep reading this section? It's a waste of your precious, precious, time! In fact, why am ...
You won't believe how much data can be written to modern SSDs. No, seriously. Our ongoing SSD Endurance Experiment has demonstrated that some consumer-grade drives can withstand over a petabyte of writes before burning out. That's a hyperbole-worthy total for a class of products typically rated to survive only a few hundred terabytes at most.
Our experiment began with the Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB, Intel 335 Series 240GB, Samsung 840 Series 250GB, and Samsung 840 Pro 256GB, plus two Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB drives. They all surpassed their endurance specifications, but the ...
2014 has been a strange year for graphics chips. Many of the GeForce and Radeon graphics cards currently on the market are based on GPUs over two years old. Rather than freshening up their entire silicon lineups top-to-bottom like in the past, AMD and Nvidia have chosen to take smaller, incremental steps forward.
Both firms introduced larger chips based on existing GPU architectures last year. Then, two weeks ago, the Tonga GPU in the Radeon R9 285 surprised us with formidable new technology that's still somewhat mysterious. Before that, this past spring, Nvidia unveiled its ...
A staggering assortment of Serial ATA SSDs has passed through the Benchmarking Sweatshop in recent years. Seriously, we've got results for something like 70 drives on our current testbed alone. Most of them use eight-channel controllers either developed in-house by the drive makers or selected from Marvell or SandForce stocks. Each new generation brings lower prices thanks to NAND built on a finer fabrication process, but they all start to look the same after a while.
Then, every so often, one of them stands out. The Adata Premier SP610 isn't yet another die-shrunk spin on a familiar controller; it's based on an entirely unfamiliar Silicon Motion SM2246EN chip that gets by on ...
One of the funny things about Intel's workstation- and server-class Xeon processors is that we kind of think we know what's coming before each new generation arrives. For instance, the new generation of chips known as Haswell-EP is making its debut today, yet the Haswell microarchitecture has been shipping in client systems for over a year. The desktop derivative of this very silicon, Haswell-E, was introduced late last month, too.
What amazes me about the new Xeons, though, is how much more there is to them than one might have expected. Intel's architects and designers have crammed formidable new technologies into these chips in order to allow them to scale up to large ...
In many ways, AMD's FX processor series seems to have fallen by the wayside lately. While A-series APUs were refreshed with new Kaveri silicon this past January, the FX family has been trucking along with the same Vishera silicon since 2012. The accompanying 990FX chipset is a year older and begging for a replacement. At this point, one might have expected AMD to let the FX family die a dignified death—then fill in the gaps with high-octane Kaveri APUs.
But that's not ...
As a guy who reviews video cards, it's pretty easy to become cynical about these things. That's been especially true during the past couple of years, as we've seen the same handful of graphics chips spun into multiple "generations" of products. The core GPU technology is a technological wonder, but the endless re-spins get to be tiresome.
When AMD revealed the imminent arrival of the Radeon R9 285 recently, I have to admit, I wasn't exactly thrilled. Yes, the R9 285 would be ...
I recently reviewed Cooler Master's Elite 110 Mini-ITX case, and while I found it suitable for a mid-range gaming PC, I felt that it might leave the enthusiast builder wanting. Today, I'm taking a look at Corsair's latest enthusiast-oriented Mini-ITX enclosure, the Graphite Series 380T. With a built-in fan controller, enough room for high-end components and their accompanying coolers, and aggressive styling, the 380T seems set to play the Ferrari or Lamborghini to the subdued, subcompact Elite 110. Is there substance under all of that style? I'm going to fill 'er up with some high-performance components and find out.