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AMD’s new flagship CPU - Extensive Report - AMD’s new flagship CPU - Extensive Report
Tue, April 27 2010 | 2:14PM | PermaLink Feedback?
The last few releases from AMD were positioned to be primarily a value proposition, after all, that is the bread and butter that keeps the lights on. The interesting part about the Thuban six-core processors is that they are still a value proposition, yet, they are getting dangerously close to Intel’s top performing flagship CPUs. Sure, the Core i7-980X is in a world of its own, there is no question that this is the single most powerful CPU currently out there. But, it also comes with a hefty price tag. On the other side is AMD’s new flagship CPU, the Dragon that doesn’t bite its own tail but shows in benchmark after benchmark that it is a serious contender. And that at a price tag of US$ 285.-. Arguably, the ROG Crosshair IV Formula board is also in a league of its own, at least until tomorrow when everybody else releases their 890 FX-based boards. And it is not a cheap board either but AMD has been pushing backwards compatibility and it appears to pay off. Needless to say that some of the features are maybe overkill. Who needs 6 cores, who needs SATA 3.0 with its 6,0 Gbps transfer rates and who in the world needs USB 3.0? But we all want to have it, and we want to have it at an affordable price. That exactly is the strength of AMD’s proposition. You take what you have and add another component, and then step by step you upgrade the system without a worry about a new socket and a different pin count and the support of legacy devices. Arguably, there is a limit to upgrading, at some point there needs to be a complete refresh but it is nice to have at least the option. Of course, running a Thuban in an older system is the hydra that grows back two heads for every one that is chopped off. Can you say “please”?
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Antec LanBoard Review  - Antec LanBoard Review
Thu, November 04 2010 | 12:02PM | PermaLink Feedback?
“One of the most frustrating things about going to a B.Y.O.C. (Bring your own computer) LAN event is having to carry your system from the car to the setup area. This can be particularly exhausting if the setup area is a great distance away from the entrance to the building, a prime example, PAX Prime 2010 in Seattle, with the BYOC up on the 6th level of the convention. Trying to carry my system on my shoulder and my monitor in the other hand was a most exhausting experience, not to mention uncomfortable as it was a very warm day and left me sweating for a good 20 minutes after reaching the line. Tod ay I take a look at the solution to my problems, the Antec Lanboard. While wandering around PAX, I stopped by the Antec booth and saw this item sitting on display, instantly knowing I had to try it out. As soon as I got home and set up my computer, I was on Antec’s website ordering this to my doorstep."
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