The latest news from the markets for the electronic components for computers are quite diverse currently. NAND-Flash memory should see its prices raise (or no longer fall) because of a production stop at a Samsung plant that will pressure the offer. But more oddly, DRAM memory prices seem to be aiming low even if some… Read More
The unreadable figures used to describe the performance of DRAM memory certainly need to be explained precisely. If you are ready for some technical reading, I invite you to DRAM latency explained on The Inquirer.
This is quite surprising. After about a month of DRAM memory prices going up (this was quite surprising), the market analyst DRAMexchange tells us that this is now the end and the prices will fall again. Apparently, despite the vows of manufacturers like Nanya whose CEO is confirming that he would not try to limit… Read More
Even if you don’t go the the extremes of CPU overclocking, you may sometimes wonder whether your CPU is too hot or not. For example, my own Athlon XP 2600+ currently displays 62Â°C. Is it too much? Chris Hare comes to our help with his table of CPU characteristics. You will find there (among other… Read More
If you never entered a electronics plant, seeing how one of the biggest PC motherboard manufacturer builds them may be interesting. ECS Factory Tour – How A Motherboard Is Made
Competition is tough at this level (sub-$200 dual-core processors). That is the reason why TechWareLabs decided to compare both CPUs: Intel’s E6420 vs. AMD’s 5600+. This is a confirmation that prices are set to make CPUs quite comparable. There is a slight performance advantage to Intel but for a slightly higher price.
Now, we had announced them: Summer sales. AMD started with nearly all its CPU products, Intel followed immediately, AMD announced that they would not go further for now. Today, Intel does it again for quad-core processors (but prices are already so high that you need breathing assistance to observe them in the rarefied air of… Read More
AMD just announced two things nearly simultaneously : loosing $600 millions in operations in the last quarter (the financial balance is not good, but the message in there is: “it’s gonna be better soon”) and receiving a â‚¬262 millions from the German government (approved by the European Commission) to support the investments in their Dresden… Read More
After several months telling you about the plumeting prices of CPU processors and DRAM memory, I have to inform you that the industry signals are changing. AMD and Intel are kicking prices down a last time in July before the rush that will only happen at the end of the year (with the arrival of… Read More
Gran Turismo: An enthusiast’s PC geared towards PC gaming Easy Penny: A very reasonable PC able to sustain a few years without letting its owner down Having previously chosen AMD processors for the two optimized PCs we are trying to build, things will be relatively easy. The integration of the memory controller in the CPU… Read More
Building the best possible PC for a set budget, taking into account the current market prices has always been a difficult task. We are starting today a series of posts to define the needed PC components to build an optimised PC (not only good components, but a solution as homogeneous as possible for a given… Read More
July will be another month of price wars for Intel and AMD (after a very bumpy April). Both announced that they would shoot prices down once again in July trying to grab a larger market share (for AMD) or trying to asphyxiate the competition (for Intel). AMD will start at the beginning of the month.… Read More
The latest news from the PC component price frontline are quite disturbing as they seem contradictory. It is now confirmed that the small LCD displays (17″ and 19″, including for laptops) are now nearly on allocation . Prices are seriously going up. The analysts predict that this is a long term trend. There is a… Read More
Currently, I am wandering a lot around the the web sites for OEM suppliers to manufacturers of micro-computers. This leads me to observe some apparent trends (at least in the opinions of the experts) that could be of interest if you intend to buy PC hardware in the coming months. DRAM memory: All the observers… Read More
You knew that I had been buying STALKER (officially S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Shadow of Chernobyl – Did you ever see a worst-to-type PC game title?) Today, I finished the game playing at Stalker level (not the easiest rookie style, but neither veteran nor master). I can tell you it’s real fun all along. I had a… Read More
AMD is preparing its new QuadCore solution with the intent to fight back against the Core Duo CPU line from Intel (currently AMD does not have a sensible QuadCore solution, while Intel QX6800 is nearly alone on the high-end market). The code name is Barcelona. It should come out in the middle of the year… Read More
Today, in an unusual announcement, Intel told observers that they prepare to cut the prices of their Quad-core CPU line. Usually, Santa Clara tells about the near future price cuts, but here they extended it to Q3 forecasts: The 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPUs will go down 70% from $851 to $266 in the… Read More
Steven Walton, of LegionHardware, has been doing a very interesting comparison. He’s interested in getting the best possible CPU for a gamer willing to pay around $220 for his CPU. This is a nice price point because it seems to be around what most gamers are ready to pay to have a fast machine, and… Read More
I am currently in the middle of a string of problems quite annoying on one of my home PCs. Apparently randomly, and more and more often, it stops, locks down or reboots without warning. If I don’t use the PC, it may take a long time; But when I am trying to work (with OpenOffice,… Read More
Sometimes, you really need to have plenty of detailed technical information about the x86 Intel family of processors or some of the compatible models from AMD, Nexgen, Cyrix, Centaur or Transmeta. And it is not easy to find. So, I recommend SandPile.org: Implementation details, technical documentation, and even discussion forums.