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  • Samsung looking to block nVidia sales

    Published: Sunday, November 23, 2014 | By: Dennis

    I guess the only way for companies from different countries to battle out their patent problems is to block sales in hopes the attrition will make them think differently.

    Samsung filed a complaint yesterday against Nvidia with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, according to a notice on the agency’s website. A copy of the complaint wasn’t immediately available.



    The legal battle began in September when Nvidia filed its own ITC complaint against Qualcomm Inc. and Samsung over patented ways to improve graphics. It’s asking the agency to block imports of the latest Galaxy phones and tablets that use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon graphics processing units or Samsung’s Exynos processors.

    Some reports claim that this complaint includes everything that nVidia makes including GPUs and Mobile chips.  Let's hope this gets resolved before too long else I might have to find a new phone, destroy some TVs and blow up my washer/dryer combo cause I aint giving up my NVIDIA graphics.

  • Panram Announces Ninja-V Series DDR4 3300Mhz Memory

    Published: Thursday, November 20, 2014 | By: Dennis

    There are a variety of ways that a company can make a huge splash in a stagnant market.  One might be a huge sex and money laundering scandal involving executives at the company or  you can release an amazing product that will get everyone interested.

    I think the second option is more productive and is exactly what Panram has done.  I love the product name, its just too bad they didn't come up with this a couple years ago when I was running Ninjalane.com. happy smile

    The great thing about these modules is that they don't suck.  the DDR4 3300Mhz modules are CL17 @ 1.35v while the conserviative DDR4 2800Mhz modules are CL16 @ 1.25v.

    2800, 3000 and 3200MHz Modules Also Now Available

    November 19, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – Panram, a flash and DRAM memory manufacturer, today announces the update of its Ninja – V Series DDR4 lineup with the introduction of 2800, 3000, 3200, and 3300MHz memory modules for high performance on the latest Haswell-E platform.



    High Speed DDR4
    Since launching 2133MHz and 2400Mhz DDR4 modules earlier this year, Panram has been hard at work to develop higher MHz modules. The new entries to the Ninja – V Series DDR4 family start from 2800MHz to 3300MHz. All Ninja – V Series products are available in 4GB single packs or 8GB/16GB kits.
     
    Low Voltage
    The 2400MHz modules have a low voltage of 1.2V, while the 3000MHz, 3200MHz, and 3300MHz have a voltage pf 1.35V. This is a significant drop of legacy DDR3 modules which have a voltage of 1.65V.
     
    Lifetime Warranty
    Every module is 100% hand tested to assure optimal operation. Panram provides a lifetime warranty for the NINJA – V Series.

  • Microsoft is Making .Net Open Source?

    Published: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | By: Dennis

    This bit of news is very interesting to me.  Microsoft, the king of "crack" coding is making their dot net framework open source.  For years if you wanted to code using dot net you needed a Windows platform machine, either desktop or server, and then simply install the framework.  ASP.Net developers like myself would need to configure IIS but the coding process is identical.  The problem I ran into most often was me building a website for a client who only had access to Linux hosting or an IT group who only worked with Linux based servers. 

    I would usually win and they would be forced to install Windows Server however that always raised questions about security when the support staff wasn't familiar with Windows Server.  By offering up the framework to the open source community they are allowing developers to port the framework to Linux and Mac systems which not only adds to market share but will also compete directly with Java (*yuk)

    On the downside it also opens up the framework to hackers looking to exploit applications written in dot net however given the maturity of the framework I doubt there will be any issues.

    Several sites have posted this story and I find the ZDNet outlook to be accurate.  Give it a read.

    Last week, Microsoft announced it was open sourcing the full server-side .NET stack, and expanding .NET to run on the Linux and Mac OS platforms.

    The move was warmly received across the IT community, which often has been skeptical of Microsoft's intentions. (Well, with the possible exception of my good friend Adrian Bridgwater, who suggests the company's open source move was only to solidify its world domination.)

    I'm an ASP.Net developer and I support this transition. happy smile

  • Elegance in Aluminum – Lian Li PC-A61 Chassis Review @ Techgage

    Published: Sunday, November 16, 2014 | By: Dennis

    Some of the great cases in the past 10 years have been made from aluminum and while the "me to" novelity of an aluminum chassis has subsided with major manufactures there is still one company out there building quality boxes for your PC components.

    Lian Li is to PC chassis as what tailor-made suits are to men’s clothing. Sure, they cost more, but the higher quality and generally improved design usually makes the premium worth it. Does Lian Li’s mid-tower PC-A61, then, live up to the company’s legendary pedigree? There’s only one way to find out.

    One of these days I'll have to stop by the Lian Li factory outside Taipei and see about getting some review samples to check out or, at least a case with my logo on it. happy smile

  • Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard Review @ Modders-Inc

    Published: Sunday, November 16, 2014 | By: Dennis

    Biostar is making a gaming motherboard? (actually we knew this already)

    The Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 has been touted as Biostar’s way of flirting with the idea of a high-end gaming motherboard and that is a weird description considering it is technically a budget Z97 motherboard price-wise.

    Again with the prices.

    Historically speaking Biostar has always been a budget company and actually made some pretty solid stuff back in the day.  Of course "solid" is relative since everyone basically built the same thing.  These days quality of components plays a huge factor in price and quality.

    By the looks of it they have actually made a real attempt at building a quality motherboard.  The VRM looks weird and the PCB is bare but, you have high-end audio component in the corner and two 16x PCI Express slots, what more can you ask for?

  • ASUS Rampage V Extreme LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review @ [H]

    Published: Sunday, November 16, 2014 | By: Dennis

    I sometimes have to wonder about reviews at HardOCP.  Not so much about the content but rather about how they choose to do their article layout.  This review starts out talking about ASUS with a bunch of photos related to the packaging and four showing the CPU socket and "both" sets of memory banks.

    Kinda think you could do that with one photo but, maybe that is what people want/need in a review.

    The Rampage V Extreme needs no introduction. It is the flagship of the ASUS Republic of Gamers aka ROG product line. If the pattern of previous Rampage motherboards holds it should be one of the best motherboards money can buy. Is the new ROG crown jewel still worthy of the crown at its $475 price point

    Speaking of price point.  $475 isn't a bad price for an overclocking motherboard and when dealing with high-end hardware it is never about cost but rather features and ease of use.  Pretty sure they included that in the review, might have to read it to find out.

  • MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard Review @ Techgage

    Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | By: Dennis

    Need a gaming motherboard and have a few extra dollars to spend?  You might give the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC a look and Techgage has a pretty good review posted that shouldn't answer all your questions.

    The last time we took a look at an MSI gaming motherboard, it was the company’s smallest current offering: Z97I Gaming AC. For this review, we’re looking to the top of the Z97 ladder, with the Z97 Gaming 9 AC. Priced at about $290, it’s easy to predict what this board might bring to the table, but all told, it still managed to impress us.

    Keep in mind that buying a motherboard is not always required for a processor upgrade but is an investment for any system you plan to build.

  • MSI X99S MPower review: affordable X99 board for overclockers @ Hardware Info

    Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | By: Dennis

    Back in the day I could easily look at 20 motherboards and tell you everything about them.  These days 20 is tough and usually means more than one from a single vendor.

    The guys at Hardware Info have gone through a list and named the MSI MPower X99 affordable for overclockers?

    The MPower is very similar to the entry level board offered by MSI, the X99S SLI Plus. The a bit more expensive Mpower does have a better audio implementation, more CPU power phases, flat Hi-Caps and the extra buttons on the motherboard, justifying the higher price of the Mpower. We feel the Mpower is actually a good alternative to the ASUS X99-A. For the users that were thinking to be able to get a overclocking board for £ 190 / € 255 / $ 270 that offers similar features to the more expensive boards already introduced: unfortunately we have to disappoint you.

    Seems good, though I'd want to see the numbers first.  oh wait. that is what the review is for. happy smile check it out.

  • Connect Electronics DGZHE A06 Bluetooth Speaker Review @ ModSynergy

    Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | By: Dennis

    There was a time when having speakers connected to anything was super awesome.  I also had a "boom box" back then which had both batteries and a wall plug so I could play CD's and Tapes where ever I wanted.

    These days music is digital and stored on your 'pod or fone and designed for "personal listening"  aka, kept to yourself.  So, what if there was a way you could share your music like I did back in the days of the "boom box"?

    One of those popular gift ideas is undoubtedly going to be the portable Bluetooth speaker.  This year we'd been focusing a bit more on Bluetooth speaker systems, and for good reason; they are becoming ever increasingly popular with people who are interested in having a no wires solution.

    Seems like there is, and its even pink!?!

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