Intel

Happy Birthday Intel Pentium!

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Well it was actually yesterday.  One of the most recognized names in the world today, the Pentium turned 20 yesterday.  It probably also made Intel a household name, and with the ad blitz in the 90’s, that ‘Intel Inside‘ tone (you know that it…you probably just hummed it), and the ‘Intel Inside’ stickers, everyone pretty much know’s what an Intel Pentium is. (more…)

Build update – HIS Radeon 7850 is in!

My HIS Radeon 7850 came in a day after I had ordered it from Newegg, and the reviews on the site were right.  I tried Metro2033 on 1920×1080 and on on max settings, as well as Star Wars: The Old Republic, again on all max settings, and it ran without a a hitch.  As of now, I am totally pleased with how this build has come together, and how it’s running.  I might upgrade my sound card soon, and maybe go water cooling, just because the fan on the Cooler Master heatsink/fan is noisy.  Will pick up another 2 TB of HDD storage (to replace an aging 750 GB and a 1 TB drive) as well as a BD burner optical drive to round off and complete the build as is.  But as of now, the core components are in, and running smoothly.  Time to install Photoshop and Lightroom to see how they do.

 

My new HIS Radeon HD 9850 next to my old XFX ONE Radeon HD 5xxx

My new HIS Radeon HD 9850 next to my old XFX ONE Radeon HD 5xxx

Moore’s Law in Pictures

Saw this neat little article visualizing Moore’s Law.

What is Moore’s Law you may ask, well…..

Moore’s law is the observation that over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. The period often quoted as “18 months” is due to Intelexecutive David House, who predicted that period for a doubling in chip performance (being a combination of the effect of more transistors and their being faster).[1]

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore’s_law

Here’s the Link to said visualization (from Tom’s Hardware)

http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/microprocessor-cpu-chip-moore-s_law_history,5-23.html

My PC build continues…

So I may have mentioned before, I just recently built a new PC. I went from an Intel Core2Quad Processor to a 3rd generation i5, and at the core, it’s plenty quick. I had to upgrade my motherboard for obvious reasons, and doubled up my RAM. (from 8 to 16GB, although, the guy at Microcenter gave me PC1333, I can live with it for now) For financial reasons, I held out on a new case, and video card. I think I have narrowed my case to either the Fractal Design  Define R4, and the Antec P280.

Fractal Design Define R4

Fractal Design Define R4

Both have very minimalistic design, and it’s more geared toward’s quietness.  Tom’s Hardware recently had a quite case round up, and the Define came up on top.  I just can’t forget Antec though, as I had an SX1030B in the past, and I absolutely loved it.  I had to let it go since I received a Thermaltake Xaser III courtesy of    Thermaltake.  I looked at some of their (Thermaltake) offering’s and it was too loud in style.

Antec P280

Antec P280

In any ‘case’, I hope to pick up either one of the above listed cased on my short list, and then move on to picking out a video card.

My current case - Thermaltake Xaser III

My current case – Thermaltake Xaser III

My old favorite - Antec SX1030B

My old favorite – Antec SX1030B

 

 

Links –

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/antec-p280-azza-silentium-920-cooler-master-silencio-650,3325.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-obsidian-550d-fractal-design-define-r4-gigabyte-luxo-m10,3356.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lian-li-pc-b12-nanoxia-deep-silence-1-silverstone-ft-02s-usb3,3378.html

 

 

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone, hope everyone’s year is getting off to a good start. Apologies for the lack of posting, but I am currently in between desktop computers. I just currently retired my old and trusty core2quad powered set up due to random reboots, and well, problems that I just can’t be bothered with. It also gave me that nudge to finally upgrade my aging system, which I had been planning on for a while. In any case I am now rocking a 3rd gen Intel i5 quad core processor, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 180 GB Intel SSD on an ASRock Motherboard running the Inel z77 chipset. I am still trying to install Windows 8, and it’s a bit more involved than how XP was. (at least the whole upgrade process)

Hopefully it will get sorted soon. I am also watching the Conan remake, it’s freakin’ bloody.