Posts Tagged ‘performance’

Intimate Tech: Nvidia’s GF100

February 1, 2010

Over the course of the last couple of months, we’ve been hearing an awful lot from Nvidia. While a lot of that attention has been focused on the upcoming release of Nvidia’s second generation Tegra (for now still tentatively referred to as “Tegra 2”), there’s been more and more focus on the upcoming GF100.

The card itself looks a little bulky...

For now, there are a few fairly vital bits and pieces that we just don’t know about the GF100, but there’s still enough floating around to get a very solid picture indeed of what Nvidia is going with the new hardware. For those who are saying, as Shelton did, “Wait… what happened Fermi?” there’s at least the fact that we’re told the GF-100 is Fermi-derived, so we know it has that history behind it at least.

In Simple Terms:

For now, we don’t know the clock-speed of the GF100, and as a result there’s precious little to know about the power consumption for now, except that it’s already been noted to be a little heavier on power than Nvidia’s own GT200.

Still, before we get bogged down in technical terms, we can help to explain a bit about the GF100 and why there’s so much fuss about it since CES, in terms that just about anyone can understand. It’s relatively simple, but it seems as though very few people have actually tried to describe the GF100 in simple terms.

GF100 was initially just the codename, many have pointed out that it doesn’t stand for GeForce, as some expected, but for Graphics-Fermi. Still, it looks as though the moniker has stuck, and Nvidia could well launch the card as GF100. It was originally meant to be released last year, but rumour has it that due to unusually low yields it’s been bumped back, with many expressing fears that the release date is still looking a little hazy now, despite the fact that Nvidia is saying we’ll see it in March.



Technology to Render Netbooks Obselete?

December 29, 2009

It seems as though netbooks will come under increasing pressure from other devices, with reports indicating that the humble netbook could be ousted over the course of 2010.

According to the BBC, it seems that the days of the netbook’s dominance of the mobile PC market may well be numbered. Indeed, the report on the current state of the netbook market intimates that the various netbooks will be outmanoeuvred by other devices as new technologies allow. All of this seems to stem from Stuart Miles, editor of Technology Lint, who is firmly of the belief that netbooks don’t quite offer as much as they used to.


Google Netbook Stats Leak

December 29, 2009

With Google’s upcoming entry to the operating system market due for launch soon, and with many already tinkering with it on netbooks, the specifications of Google’s own rumoured netbook have apparently been leaked.

Rumours that Google was to build its own netbook gained some traction with the announcement of a Google-branded phone in the form of the Nexus One, which is built by HTC, but with plenty of input from Google. Word that a netbook could follow a similar model came earlier this month, with some going so far as to say that Google would launch its own netbook when Chrome OS launched officially.


Google Talks Up Mobile Gmail

December 18, 2009

Google has taken some time to talk about the manifold ways in which the company has improved the mobile version of its Gmail service, having made the mobile app two to three times faster today than it was in April.

Try to imagine that the 'Beta' tag isn't there 😉

Interestingly enough, the thought process behind the mobile version of Gmail closely echoes that of Mozilla’s head of mobile, Jay Sullivan, saying that the fact that a “growing number of mobile devices” now ship with a usable web browser built in. This allows Google’s developers to rely on an app being present that will be alright with HTML and JavaScript and will work across a plethora of different devices.


Installing Windows 7 an SSD

December 16, 2009

A while back, we wrote up a piece on installing Windows to a solid-state drive and the reasons why everyone should at least consider doing it for the speed boost you’ll get from it.

Windows Vista:

Back then, we went through a list of reasons why Windows users might be better off using Windows XP than Windows Vista when it came to installing to an SSD, not least of which the fact that Vista, well apart from the fact that a lot of people just didn’t enjoy using it, wasn’t really built for use with SSDs.

Thanks to the fact that Vista wasn’t really made for use with SSDs, users who did opt to throw an install of it onto an SSD ended up seeing less of a performance boost than they might otherwise have. Moreover, because of the way that Vista uses the disk (which seems always assumed to be a standard hard drive) the OS itself can decrease the lifetime of the drive. It’s not a dramatic difference, but it’s something that most should be aware of.

So, in short, installing Windows Vista to an SSD probably isn’t the best idea.


Intel Pulls SSDs Over Win7 Corruption Issues

October 30, 2009

Intel has been forced to pull a firmware update for its line of solid state drives (SSDs) because of reports coming in from users that the firmware update responded badly to Windows 7, causing corruption of data stored on the drive.


This is the second time that drivers for the X25-M SSD line have interacted poorly with operating systems (though last time it wasn’t Windows 7), causing corruption and eventually being pulled. Xbit Labs has an awful lot more detail on just what Windows 7 users could have expected from the latest firmware, including potential 40% speed increase over previous. Instead, they’ve been left hanging for a second time, with many likely taking a “twice shy” approach and opting to wait and see how the firmware is received when it’s next released.


Product Spotlight – Asus EEE PC

October 15, 2009

Asus’ EEE is basically the granddaddy netbook, it wasn’t the first product with the form factor that would eventually come to be the netbooks we know and love today, but there was a time when buying a netbook effectively meant buying an EEE. As a result, the modern EEE PC is a very well refined piece of kit indeed.

Click through to see our page for the EEE PC 1005HA-M :)

Click through to see our page for the EEE PC 1005HA-M 🙂

The EEE also managed to hold a feature or two over the competition, depending on what they are. As much as our country manager, Aaron, loves his Samsung NC10, the fact is that the hard lines that give it its distinctive look aren’t for everyone, and the EEE’s sleek curves and glossy body are a gorgeous alternative, without making any sacrifices on the keyboard, which is different but no less pleasant to use. As another point in its favour, there’s enough or a range that there seems basically to be an EEE PC that suits just about everyone’s tastes and budget.

The EEE 1005HA-M boasts a 10-inch display 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, a 6-cell battery, and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom n270 processor, meaning that its spec is close enough to identical to other netbooks available (including the NC10). It also weighs 1.4Kg, which is around the same as the competition (though around a hundred grams heavier than some).

The big difference is that the EEE 1005HA-M weighs in a fair whack under their cost at the pleasantly low figure of €285 (versus the NC10’s €329).


Dell: Netbook Satisfaction Short Lived

October 14, 2009

Michael Dell has come out to say that customers who buy netbooks tend to enter a dissatisfaction period within two days of making the purchase. Strong words from the head of a company selling netbooks.

Dell Logo

According to The Register, Dell’s founder and CEO, Michael Dell said of the current netbook boom that users picking up a netbook for the first time will start to be dissatisfied with the purchase by around 36 hours after they start using it. Moreover, Dell seems to think that the current trend towards netbooks will be coming to an end soon as users trend back towards high-performance machines.


Microsoft Claims Third Parties Sap IE8 Speed

July 23, 2009

According to a new post on the Internet Explorer blog, issues some users may have had with Microsoft’s latest web browser’s speed aren’t due to any faults in the browser itself, but with the way third party applications communicate with it.


One of the biggest sections in the post deals with browser add-ons and the impact that they have on simple things like the amount of time it’ll take for you to open a new tab in an already running instance of Internet Explorer 8. While there’s an emphasis on all add-ons not necessarily being evil, there is a noticeably anti-add-on vibe throughout the post.