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    EVGA Announces Cancelation of NVIDIA Next-gen Graphics Cards Plans, Officially Terminates NVIDIA Partnership

    Having worked in electronics retail for about a decade total, I can tell you for a fact that Apple products are some of the lowest margin products you'll find in any electronics store (though game consoles are typically worse). Apple also tends to control distributor margins to a higher extent...
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    SiSoftware Tests the Ryzen 5 7600X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 9 7950X

    That depends on the terms of said NDA, if there is one at all, or if there is some other kind of agreement. But even without that, what matters isn't so much the potential contractual violation as the violation of trust. If you trust someone and they screw you over, you don't trust them again.
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    NVIDIA Project Beyond GTC Keynote Address: Expect the Expected (RTX 4090)

    You're going back just a tad too far.
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    SiSoftware Tests the Ryzen 5 7600X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 9 7950X

    What? No. That's a terrible approach. You compare the first two first, to hash out your impressions and thoughts, identify points of comparison, qualities of each, etc. Then you bring that knowledge to the third, and let that inform the final comparison (including any entirely new findings)...
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    SiSoftware Tests the Ryzen 5 7600X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 9 7950X

    You're joking, right?
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    SiSoftware Tests the Ryzen 5 7600X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 9 7950X

    ... and they are somehow supposed to compare them to unannounced, entirely unofficial products that they most likely don't have? People keep saying this, as if it makes any kind of sense as an argument. You compare what exists with what exists - today. Then, when something new comes into...
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    NVIDIA Project Beyond GTC Keynote Address: Expect the Expected (RTX 4090)

    4070 Ti, minimum. Or maybe 4080 LE? It's about time they brought back that designation!
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    SiSoftware Tests the Ryzen 5 7600X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 9 7950X

    Not much, no - except for in server/HPC workloads. Much like AVX indeed! Hey, not all reliable sources have copy editors :P This does seem like one of those somewhat rare cases where a reputable source has somewhat lacklustre quality control in terms of spell checking though.
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    SiSoftware Tests the Ryzen 5 7600X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 9 7950X

    AVX-512 has been widely available on consumer platforms for half a decade, yet its adoption has been essentially nonexistent. That tells you all you need to know about its potential: for consumer applications it is very limited. Useful for a few specific workloads, but more generally not. Heck...
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    Small form factor gaming - build log and support forum for new builders

    Yeah, it's rather weird - the VRM controller must be able to read out every rail, and HWinfo does seem to have listings for things that estimate total board power, but they're essentially identical to the chip power number. I would definitely prefer to have both.
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    Sexy Hardware Close-Up Pic Clubhouse.

    That's a really nice looking keyboard. I'm consistently disappointed by how few keyboards and/or keycap sets come in ISO layouts, let alone Norwegian/Nordic ISO. I guess I'll add one more to the list :P
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    NVIDIA Project Beyond GTC Keynote Address: Expect the Expected (RTX 4090)

    GPUs used to be architecturally limited to relatively low clocks, which inherently (at least to some degree - you can still make a crazy inefficient design, obviously) limits the per-area power draw. AMD has had more of a steady progression in clock speeds, while Nvidia jumped to just below 2GHz...
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    Small form factor gaming - build log and support forum for new builders

    I'm looking forward to having some more free time in the coming weeks, as I really want to do some UC testing of the 6600. And I need to get my hands on a wall power meter I guess - given that it tends to sit around 2.4GHz at its stock 100W limit (which seems to be GPU only, as the TBP is...
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    EK Launches a 4-in-1 Product Delicacy for the SFF Community

    You can see it at the top of this shot I took right after installing my LOBO: There's a third port on top of that "micro res" that I use for filling and bleeding (it's an EK Quantum flow indicator - I'd recommend finding a cheaper no-name one with thinner acrylic, as this has a very small...
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    EVGA Announces Cancelation of NVIDIA Next-gen Graphics Cards Plans, Officially Terminates NVIDIA Partnership

    You seem to have a very, very simplistic view of the value chain of design, production, distribution and sales, and how taxes and fees play into this.
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