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China: Mine’s Faster

China: Yoink! I think I’ll just take that title of possessing the world’s fastest computer from you Americans.
USA: Fffffuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!

Yes, it’s happened. The Chinese have built a faster computer than the U.S. earning them bragging rights. I wonder how long it will take them to respond? Early numbers report that the Chinese supercomputer is approximately 30% faster than the previous number 1. Nvidia can be partly to blame for supplying over 7,000 graphics cards to aid in powering the computing beast. If you’re interested in upgrading your current video card this nVidia power monger will cost you $2,500 (and yes it does run Crysis, very well).

China has been creeping up the supercomputer rankings in recent years in a bid to boost national pride. Forget investing in your crumbling infrastructure, government corruption, and environmental pollution and start churning out those over sized foam hands with “We’re #1” printed on them. So what does one do with a 2.507 petaflop processing computer? Prepare for Cataclysm?

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New MacBooks having quality issues?

Apple has always been on the forefront of quality and design. The lineup of MacBooks might be one of those products that’s 50% there. Users have been reporting issues with the Nvidia graphics chipset. The shoddy soldering job done by the chip supplier has caused some MacBooks to fail when systems get hot. But I’m wondering why these problems aren’t creeping up in PC manufacturer notebooks? Is this a problem for the chipsets designed and shipped for Apple’s products only? How much testing was actually done to ensure quality products were produced. Hopefully this is just a small percentage (bad batch) of MacBooks affected.

Also if you’re upgrading the ram in your MacBook you might want to read this. Going to 4GB of ram might not go as smoothly as you thought.

Own an nVidia graphics cards? Worried yet?

This is reason why I went with an ATI Radeon 4850 instead of an nVidia GeForce 8800. This was enough to spook me away from nVidia. On the flip side the issue with ATI is drivers. In the past they would never update their drivers and newer games could have some compatibility issues. ATI/AMD is getting better. Just last week I noticed they updated my video drive so I downloaded it and fixed some of the minor problems I was having. ATI/AMD all the way baby!

“NVidia is in deep trouble over the defective parts problem, and from what we’re being told, this is only the tip of the iceberg. NV still insists on stonewalling and spinning because the cost of owning up to the problem could very well sink the company.

In any case, the official story is that there was a small batch of parts given only to HP that went bad. That was comprehensively proved wrong when Dell, Apple, Asus, Lenovo and everyone else under the sun also had problems. NV AR recalled the parts and recanted the story about it only being an EOL test run. Bad fibbers, no cookie. They still stuck to the story about it being only laptop parts, and that it was under control.” (link)

Dell dresses up Vostro lineup

Dell Vostro laptops are designed for small business and made for life. Packed with customized features and a choice of software, the Vostro line delivers easy-to-use technology, flexible connectivity options and exceptional support – all in a thin, durable design.

* Catches your eye. Captures your imagination – The Vostro 2510 is thin and light for easy mobility and features an attractive cherry-red exterior.
* High-performance graphics – Power through graphics intensive applications with help from a 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M GS graphics card.
* CoolSlice – Work more comfortably with CoolSlice , a patented technology that deflects heat from the bottom of your system.
* Built-in Webcam – Videoconference with colleagues and clients or catch up with loved ones with a standard built-in 1.3MP Webcam. (link)

nVidia graphics chips failing at alarming rate

Nvidia hasn’t determined the exact cause of the problem but said it relates to a packaging material used with some of its chips, as well as the thermal design of some laptops. Modern processors generate considerable amounts of heat.

To tackle the problem, the company is releasing a software driver that will cause system fans to start operating sooner and reduce the “thermal stress” on the chips. The driver has been provided to laptop makers directly, said Derek Perez, an Nvidia spokesman.

Nvidia will take a charge against second-quarter earnings of US$150 million to $200 million to cover the expected cost of repairing and replacing the products, which include graphics processing units and media and communications processors. It didn’t say specifically which of its products were affected. (link)

Fight! Intel vs AMD & nVidia over USB 3.0

There’s a new public tussle brewing between AMD and Intel, though in this case, it probably won’t be settled in a courtroom. AMD and NVIDIA are both angry with the chip giant for allegedly withholding information on the USB 3.0 open host controller. Intel, for its part, insists that it has done nothing wrong and is following the exact same set of procedures that were used during the development of USB 2.0. It has been erroneously reported in some publications that AMD and NVIDIA are angry about unreleased information on the USB 3.0 specification itself (which promises speeds of up to 4.7Gbps), but this does not appear to be the case. The flash point on this issue is over access to all information concerning the open host controller, not the USB 3.0 specification itself. (link)

Consoles testing ground of PC gaming

With Crytek claiming its going to start developing games for consoles, only to then announce a PC exclusive, people have been talking about whether there will be more PC-only games released in the future. While there may technically be more PCs in the homes of consumers, the number of consoles is growing, and your 360 or PS3 is much better at playing games than your average home computer, an argument Roy Taylor, NVIDIA’s VP of Content Business Development, can’t ignore. He sees a trend in gaming: titles begin life on consoles, and are then improved for the PC.

“In the past, PC gaming development meant pandering to the lowest common denominator—which meant some poor integrated graphics,” Taylor told Eurogamer. “Today, developing a PC game means starting at a console, and console graphics are way above integrated graphics. That means the baseline is getting better. Now we’re going to add to that version additional features, additional content, to make the PC version even better.” (link)


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