Monday, April 30, 2012

Moors law


Moors law is the observation originally made by Intel's co-founder that the number of transistors in a cpu will double every 18months. Since 1970 this has been followed by cpu manufactures but many experts think silicon has its limit and in another 10 years intel and other manufactures will have to move to other materials to keep producing faster processors.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Intel Ivy bridge CPUs now available


Intel's line of high end 22nm desktop cpus are now available for purchase from many online retailers with quad core cpus starting at just $179. Being 22nm and having a higher maximum multiplier than the 2nd gen core i7 these cpu's should be able to hit some extreme overclocks.

Friday, April 27, 2012

National air and space museum



Today I went to visit the National air and space museum with the new Nasa Discovery space shuttle! Very neat to see in person!

And yes this is the same SR-71 from the Transformers movie.



I'll upload some more pics tomorrow.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Android 4.0.5 on its way


The next minor update for android (4.0.5) is right around the corner and for the most part based on info from other sites this update will fix many bugs including random reboot issues, better battery life, and signal issues on some devices.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Microsoft Releases Security Essentials 4.0


Microsoft has released Security Essentials 4.0 a newer version of their lightweight and effective free antivirus program. Version 4.0 includes mainly background upgrades including an improved decision making system that requires less user input. There's also a few Ui tweaks. Overall this is a nice little update for a great free program.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CPU coolers for overclocking


First off, the guy ahead of me in the Battlefield 3 competition got banned for disrespecting the server admin so now I'm in second place! Anyway...Even though cpu's are becoming more and more efficient overclocking still causes the cpu to generate way more heat; This require large copper/ aluminum heatsinks to dissipate the heat. The cpu cooler I use is a mid size tower style copper/aluminum heatsink. I usually run my core i7 920 at 3.8ghz and being a 130w cpu this puts out tons of heat usually running at 75C in a stress test and around 60C in games. So if your into overclocking... which only a few of my followers are lol be sure not to cheap out on a cpu cooler.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Great free PC tune-up program Glary Utilities


If you've never run a PC tune-up program before Glary Utilities is a good place to start. This program has all the basic cleaning and optimizing tools such as registry cleaner, registry defrag, and startup optimization. If your interested in this program you can get it here.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

AMD 7990 on its way


Amd is releasing its first dual gpu 7000 series card soon featuring 2 under clocked 7970 cores. Like the 7970 this card will have a 384 bit memory interface and 3gb of Gddr5 per gpu. The predicted price of this new card is roughly around $850.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Si Sandra 2012 benchmark result on core i7



Si Sandra 2012 is a great free benchmarking tool for comparing and testing computers. It's also fairly good at viewing the detailed specifications of your computer. On my first gen Core i7 system@ 3.8Ghz and a HD6870 at stock clocks I got 8.25kpt. If your interested get this program here.

Friday, April 20, 2012

First intel smart phone on its way!



The first Intel powered smartphone is releasing soon in India featuring Intel's new 1.6ghz atom processor. The phone is called the Xolo X900 and it will come with android gingerbread but Intel says ICS is on its way. Unfortunately this phone will only be available in India but there will be many future phones featuring this new cpu.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Best thermal paste for computer CPUs / Gpus


Thermal paste is a simple but critical part of almost all high performance electronics like computers and gaming consoles. It acts as a thermal interface filling the micro gaps between the heatsink and the processor which greatly improves contact. Arctic Silver held the top spot for quite a few years as the best thermal paste but now the 2 most popular and highest performing are Arctic cooling MX-4 and Shin-Etsu thermal compound.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Samsung Galaxy tab 2 to compete with Kindle fire


The Samsung Galaxy tab 2 is supposed to be released in a few weeks with an estimated price tag of $225-275 priced to compete with amazon's kindle fire. Featuring very similar hardware to the kindle fire this tablet is basically a watered down version of the Galaxy tab 2 Plus which features Samsung's high performance Exynos cpu. Anyway anyone looking to buy a kindle and modify the software to install stock android might as well just get this tablet because all the works already done and it only costs a bit more!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Battlefield 3 Contest update



After loads of hard work I'm in fourth place (Battlefield 3 name is Airline_food) but the person in first won the contest last month so basically I'm in third place which means if I keep my position I can still eligible for a prize!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nvidia EVGA GTX 680 4GB edition releasing soon


For the extreme PC gamers with multi monitor setups the EVGA Gtx 680 Ftw edition is releasing with  a whopping 4gb of video memory more than enough for any quad or even hexa monitor setup!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How much RAM do you need?


Many desktop PC's still come with 4gb of ram, is that enough? Well for a normal everyday user yes that is enough but anyone who does any work with demanding applications like games, video or photo editing or anything else you need at least 6Gb. Above is a picture of my computers Ram usage with Battlefield 3 open chewing down loads of ram. If you don't know what ram is just imagine its a library  
that temporarily stores data untill it is needed if you have a bigger library you can hold more data and accommodate more people so to speak. Anyway Ram is very cheap nowadays so if you have any less than 4gb check out newegg, tiger direct or any other great tech site for an easy cheap upgrade.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Inside the Ipad factory



With all the media about poor working conditions this video says Foxconn is actually much better than some other company's.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Official Guild wars 2 Pre-order available


You can now pre order guild wars 2 off their site to gain access to weekend beta events and a 3 day head start when the game is launched! In other news the power supply in my secondary pc decided it was done providing power so I have to RMA that :(

Monday, April 9, 2012

Battlefield 3 Contest!


Tweaktown.com is sponsoring a Battlefield 3 contest on their PC server! The top 3 players for the month of April win a gigantic Noctua CPU cooler. Needless to say I'm going to have to cut down my blogging time to win this one! If anyone is interested leave a comment I'll direct you to the forum!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Nvidia tegra 4 on the way


With the tegra 3 chips now finally getting into a few devices tegra 4 is right around the corner. The biggest change for tegra 4 is that it's an ARM 15 based cpu which means its going to be one of the most powerful smarphone / tablet processors ever released. Clock speed is also set to a blazing 1.8ghz!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Macintosh computers hit with malware attack



Now affecting over 600,000 mac computers worldwide the mac malware attack called "Flashback" is one of the largest malware attacks on Macintosh yet. Mac users can protect their mac from attacks like this if they have kaspersky or another aftermarket security software. As for apple they say they are including a new security software for the next generation of Macintosh called "Gatekeeper"

Friday, April 6, 2012

Intel Ivy Bridge (22nm) CPU's expected early May


Intel's first 22nm cpu is expected to hit the market sometime early May this year. This new cpu boasts Intel's new 3D transistor technology which helped intel pack 1.4 billion transistors into ivy bridge! As a reference the first generation core I7 had 750M transistors second had 1 billion and now 1.4. Also being a 22nm cpu means less power so notebooks featuring third generation core i7 cpu's will likely be some of the fastest notebooks ever available.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Android 4.0 now on 3% of active android devices


Android 4.0 now on near 3% of all active android devices and 64% are still on gingerbread. Hopefully Motorola and Samsung release android 4.0 updates for their line of smartphone so developers don't have to limit their apps.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire quadrant benchmarks


The kindle fire with android 2.3.5 gets a pretty decent score in the quadrant benchmark scoring just above 2300, once developers get hardware acceleration  working on android 4.1 ports the fire should be able to score a bit higher.