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Revisiting bottlenecking, or why most don’t use the term correctly

Previously I wrote a long rant-ish article about the term bottlenecks, particularly with regard to AMD vs Intel. In that article I tried to demonstrate, among other things, how the term “bottleneck” is misused and, frankly, overused. I didn’t exactly do the greatest job in that article, so I’ll revisit the term here, especially in […]

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Revisiting still and video cameras

I’ve said numerous times on this blog that digital cameras and video cameras aren’t going anywhere because of the quality they have over smart phones. It’s been over five years since the first article I wrote that addressed this topic with regard to the then-new iPhone 4: But there‚Äôs a major downside to higher megapixel […]

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When the bell tolls One

One common feature of a clock is that it isn’t built into a briefcase or anything resembling one. So in building a clock, the one question that needs to be asked is why Ahmed Mohammed chose to do such a thing. What is typically built into a briefcase with a circuit board and a digital […]

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Review: ASRock BTC Pro Kit

In building out a large project to put some spare hardware back into some kind of use, I purchased this as part of an experiment to connect graphics cards to an old mainboard — specifically a GTX 660 into a mainboard with an nForce 500 SLI chipset, which is PCI-Express 1.0a, by the way. I’m […]

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Corsair AX860: Giving up on it

First let’s talk specifications: I have an AMD FX-8350 overclocked to 4.4GHz with an ASRock 990FX Extreme6 mainboard and two PNY GTX 770 4GB graphics cards in SLI. My system is also watercooled. If you were to evaluate how much wattage this configuration draws, most evaluations will put it in the ballpark of 650W to […]

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Benchmarks, bottlenecks, and buyer’s remorse – revisiting AMD vs Intel

I’ve had the wonderful chance over the last couple months to interact with some very arrogant elitists and fanboys. The AMD vs Intel debate to those individuals is over, and the clear and unchallengeable winner is Intel. There was even one person I encountered for whom the words “buyer’s remorse” had likely just entered his […]

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On or off?

It’s a reasonable question to be asking: should you leave your computer on or turn it off every night? Recently Simon Hill of Digital Trends tackled this question, bringing in Steven Leslie from Geek Squad to assist. The biggest argument for leaving your computer on constantly is that it is less damaging to your components […]

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Open source “efficiency”

Jack Wallen is at it again, trying to talk about what he doesn’t know. For some reason, in trumpeting his support for open source software, he like to act like he knows how software is written and released. And in his latest article regarding the recently-publicized GHOST vulnerability, he oversteps the boundaries of his knowledge […]

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IKEA RAST rack mount

In a previous article I rambled about various rack mount projects I have in mind. Before being able to actually do any kind of rack mount project, I kind of need a rack cabinet. And since I didn’t want to spend several hundred dollars on such a cabinet, I looked around for various ideas on […]

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Ramble about rack mount and other project ideas

Projects are one thing that kind of keep me rolling — thank you to my father and grandfather for the genetic circuitry keeping that rolling. It’s what led me to build Absinthe and Beta Orionis — and the upgrades that will soon be coming to Absinthe. And it’s what is leading me to want to […]

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