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One of the coolest things I've seen from CES is the Samsung transparent SmartWindow. I'd love to have these all over my house. Another video stated people OUTSIDE cannot see the screen, it appears to be a regular window. But what if I DON'T want them to see in? If the blinds operate similarly to other things on screen, wouldn't it just be blocking my view and still allowing those to see in?
I am very very confused as to how that smart window works, but i think you would be right, closing the blinds would only be closing them for you.
One of the CES items was a plastic speaker port you slip an iPod or iPhone or Android into and it amplifies the audio, if I'd come up with the blasted thing, I'd be sitting well pretty about now! DAMMIT!!
Only takes one keen idea to strike it rich, my friends! Another thing about that device that requires NO POWER, why didn't Bose come up with it? Ever take apart a Bose system? I have. They're large claim to fame is big sound from small spaces, basically taking the science of the Conch Shell to electronics and analog audio air waves
...Has been tested against the Asus shown in the above review, via Maximum PC magazine. Seems with a wait for Ivy Bridge through to the end of the year, due to cost, a good thing to stock up on the parts over this coming year, since it's looking to be costly at least.
Max PC rated the Asus as their choice mobo, though they lacked a comparison of the boards reviewed, I do have a question, how is DUAL Ethernet used?, What happened to PCI and IDE?? haha. Worries me when I have accessories still using those legacy connects
/edit by Wolf68k Didn't seem to warrant its own topic so merged here. originally titled: 2011 Sandy board Roundup
This post has been edited by Wolf68k on Monday, Jan 16 2012, 20:55
Dual ethernet is used in cases where you might want to use the computer as a firewall/proxy or in some cases one of the ethernet ports might be only 10/100 and the other is 10/100/1000. A side benefit is that most mobo will allow you to use the 2 ports to test cables to make sure the cable works and if it's a straight or crossover cable.
PCI mostly dead, but still hanging in there. IDE to me is dead, yet the reality is there are still people with IDE devices.
2011 Sandy Bridge is the Extreme chips. I could have sworn we already did this. It's not meant for gamers, it's meant for people that need processing power for truly CPU intensive thing like encoding video or compressing large amounts of files.
The only real difference between the Ivy Bridge and the Sandy is the Intel GPU inside. That and it'll be smaller; Sandy 32nm vs Ivy 22nm. Yes there will be a performance boost as well but if you recently purchased a Sandy Bridge there will be little need to get an Ivy. Other minor differences: Ivy will support PCI-E3.0 and DDR3 up to 1600, compared to Sandy PCI-E 2.0 and DDR3 1333. That's not to say you can't run DDR3 1600 with an Sandy, I'm only quoting what the specs say it's designed for.
I read up on PCIexpress 4.0 under development and due out sometime this year into next, plans to move to Fiber Optic is held back due to cost to implement, that the jump from PCIe 2 to 3 as you mention is WELL WORTH the hardware upgrade, from what I read. They're not sitting back with PCIe 3 though, 4 is on the way within the next year, perhaps!!?
From what I read, PCIe 4 will not be as big a difference as 2 to 3 version of the peripheral slot. The thing hampering the standard is cost, as I was mentioning from what I read, going to a fibreoptic method will yield great results. Don't know much about it yet, but we should hear more in the upcoming year
Interesting how one board maker (ECS) reported Intel didn't unlock a full 10 SATA support in it's X79, but they supposedly have.
Ivy Bridge vid here is a bit dated, but worthy information for those not keeping up on the tech PC evolution
Techspot reports on the new nVidia upcoming!! YEAH
Now that's what you call an epic fail. All that marketing bullsh*t about one 12V rail being way better than muiltiple rail solutions... and what? They straight up lie that their Pro 1250W has one 12V rail, while it really has four. ROTFL
Questions are for the other Gen Purpose Tech Thread. Just want to advertise my sister's husband's super nice laptop, an Asus G73S I believe it is, and there's a G73J model that Maximum PC gave a Kick Ass 9 rating to, not bad, but lists for $1800, he paid $1300 to 1600 bones??
Anywho, not a bad 17 inch i7 CPU with 8GB portable machine, even specs to 3D BluRay and USB 3.0!
I've been shopping for an i945GM upgrade, the T7400 or T7600 Core2 to replace the current default T2450 that's 2GB but only Core Duo, not Core2Duo, but an upgrade just for CPU is $100, the MXM top level II cards are $200 used, and the motherboard for MXM is at least $50, so a used computer upgrade in lieu of that would be about $350 range... MAYBE?? Saw an Athlon x2 Acer Aspire with 15.3 inch LCD and ATI graphics for $350 used, it's a tough call since my HDDs won't really swap to another chipset, Intel to AMD is a certain ROADBLOCK for Windows swaps
The idea in new CPU tech at least, and other power sources is to make them more efficient then years past, but the work load is still demanding and capability increasing as well.
New Maximum PC magazine came in the mail today, if it's on news-stands I don't know since it just came today, but a heads up, they review the ATI Radeon HD 7970, and some other interesting articles, on how to improve hardware you own (newer stuff, Intel AND Amd)
One last reply in the magazine is about old hardware, funny enough, a rather current GPU in my book, nVidia that's more then my budget would be, $300 for an outdated video card?? ha ha
But more interesting is a price hike on "hard to find" 1156 socket mobos. WHICH of course, I scored a half off $55 miniATX for that format, and bought memory and CPU for (i3 and 4GB DDR3!)
Well, it's still NEW enough, but an over-pricing trend apparently, along with HDDs
This post has been edited by Slamman on Wednesday, Feb 1 2012, 20:31
Picked up a new GPU and a Corsair H100. Had to transplant the PSU from the living room PC since it's got enough juice to run the HD6850. Got that out of the way.
Now it's down to rigging up the radiator and fans in my tiny Antec 300. I thibk side mounting it will be the best route to go, just going to take some cutting and drilling. Wish me luck, will be back with pics.
My i3 ^, Dual core, but HyperThreading still. The helpful guides I was searching for were to nail down specs for CPU matching to Intel chipsets mainly, and if a GPU is lacking, what Intel video is likely to be onboard. Interesting piece on Integrated graphics, of course, I'm no longer a stranger to GMA 900 or 950, I'm on it now, but it's better then the Intel Extreme Graphics (2) move, which was hardly EXTREME anything! ha ha
Foxconn again in the news, with rather careless worker health and safety, and the lack of American Manufacturing for tech and the like, which is a grave issue for me, since that's my profession! Apple is under fire because Foxconn makes their iPhones
It's also noted they have over 400,000 working over seas, and only 20,000 workers Stateside!
This post has been edited by Slamman on Monday, Feb 6 2012, 20:01
Pretty sad, had my brand new Galaxy S II for almost a whole week...and now it refuses to turn on and i must get a replacement, which is just inconveniant, i have to start GTA III over again and re-add contacts.
New PC World came in the mail today, more info on Ivy Bridge, and what the hardware future might hold with "3D" in mind, however, to note, it's only a sidebar article so I'll relate that info in an edit, or tell or talk about what you know, it's also listed in their features that due to the Thailand floods, HDD manufacturers ARE in fact scaling back their warranties on such items. Some vendors have been hoarding, but the outcome is obvious to those HDD shopping.
According to PCW, the manufacturers are devoting the savings of cut warranty terms to R and D, likely to avoid as much reliance as they have on those factories and parts required and found in jeopardy
They won't say there's anything related to the floods, but that the terms cover more consumer drives then those critical to business and needing maximum insurance and performance, like the police and medical professions, or Government. Older sold drive warranties will be honored
As far as Ivy Bridge, several months yet to go, the expected FIRST releases will be quad-core. New reduced size core is likely NOT to physically be smaller because of being compatible to 1155 Sandy Bridge boards (in limited numbers??) but allow for that major improvement in embedded graphics onboard.
Will also, supposedly, cause the CPU/GPUs to run with much less heat, YET, 30 percent higher performance then SBridge out now!!
I scouted laptop drive prices and a way to get Skype online phone number without a fee, so people with cells or landline could call me on Skype without charge for the number, I had one for three months but it expired. SO.... Looking at MaxPC, last year they referenced RING2SKYPE dot Com, yet try it now, it redirects to Skype's own PAY 2 PLAY service, only allowing two Skype users to converse for free, anything else is a charge, so for an online phone number one could use with Skype, would you use something generically VoIP?
As well, SSD relating to Compact Flash? IDE?? I ask for your thoughts on something like this? I did opt to get a CF to IDE adapter that's cheap and compact to fit right into a 2.5 PATA aged laptop >