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  1. olstyle

    EVGA NU Audio Sound Card Unboxing & Preview

    I get the extra power-in and compared to a DAC which takes 5V directly those LDOs could actually improve things a bit. But I don't get the PCI3 Bridge at all. If it is USB anyway, just make it a dummy and add an internal USB connector. There's probably more boards with unused USB-Headers than...
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    Is AMD Ryzen for you?

    If they would actually use CUDA/OpenCL to do the Encoding there would be no reason to have different qualities and there could still be speed gains. But what they actually do is to implement an dedicated encoding Logic with fixed algorithms inside the GPU which can run very fast but are not as...
  3. olstyle

    Intel Unveils Compute Card, a Credit Card-Sized Compute Platform

    Intel has constantly downgraded the minimum requirement for what an "i7" actually is. Nowadays it's mostly "the most powerful Intel processor in one segment". So a "compute card i7" could still be a 1Ghz tops DC without HT.
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    AMD Announces the FirePro S7100X Hardware-Virtualized GPU for Blade Servers

    Any info on what core they use for this?
  5. olstyle

    TechPowerUp 120 Hz Build Guide

    Maybe you could add a PSU alternative for European users. Rosewill doesn't seem to sell here (not that I would buy a PSU that even tomshardware classifies as quite loud). Some candidates: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119...
  6. olstyle

    Will you upgrade to Intel Skylake?

    I only upgraded to my 3960X when Haswell-E came out and the extreme enthusiast jumped ship. Haswell-E when Skylake-E comes out might be the next. Mid-Range Skylake is of no interest to me.
  7. olstyle

    AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega

    No it isn't. This is a technical limitation since (in the moment) AMD uses the rescale SIP of the GPU to scale down back to desktop resolution. I expect the next update (the one which is said to support all GCN cores) to enable shader-downscale which would in theory work with all resolutions.
  8. olstyle

    Valve Runs a Direct3D to OpenGL Translation Layer

    Even a stupid compiler will inline most of those calls and get rid of the added reference, but they are not strictly preprocessor, that's right.
  9. olstyle

    Valve Runs a Direct3D to OpenGL Translation Layer

    As far as I understand from a short look in the source, this wrapper is used at compile-time. This means that there is no overhead for redirected calls at runtime, but you need the source of a game to make use of it. I'd still expect a slight performance hit compared to native OGl though. Some...
  10. olstyle

    PowerColor Announces Liquid-Cooled Radeon R9 290X

    Prices of the watercooled cards by powercolor have been quite decent in the past. In most cases they did not exceed the ones of other oc-cards + the price of the watercooler.
  11. olstyle

    Lenovo Gets in the 'Miix' with New Range of Touch-Enabled Windows Device

    I really hope the haswell and FHD display of the U series get carried over to the Yoga line.
  12. olstyle

    Lenovo Launches Yoga 11S Convertible

    Now give me a Yoga with pen support and I'm sold.
  13. olstyle

    Club3D HD 7870 jokerCard Tahiti LE 2048 MB

    I'm pretty sure those are mini-Displayports. Mini-HDMI, combined with the ability to use them all at the same time, would need an additional converter chip.
  14. olstyle

    Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Starts Selling

    The 13 inch ones do use ivys: http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=1A4B81C8AC677A5FB11849005C1752B5&action=init#.ULXs0IYepDo Which makes the pricepoint of...
  15. olstyle

    Lenovo Unveils ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Ultrabook with Windows 8

    I wonder if this will get the yogas hinges.
  16. olstyle

    Wortmann Releases its First Windows 8 Ultrabook

    Wortmann is a german company which specialized in business IT and has been around e.g. our company for quite some time. Just recently they seem to push more into the consumer market(though not with this laptop).
  17. olstyle

    Intel 335 Series Solid State Drive Appears in Japan

    I don't think it's cheating to use intelligent algorithms. Compression saves memory and time, there is no cheating in this. Seeing that it is possible to do so transparently just poses the questions why others(even HDD manufacturers) don't adopt this system.
  18. olstyle

    Intel 335 Series Solid State Drive Appears in Japan

    Am I the only one wondering what happened to Intels own ssd controllers? The one on the postvilles was quiet competetive.
  19. olstyle

    Gigabyte's U2142 Windows 8 Convertible Ultrabook Gets Detailed

    Convertibles have been available for years as business products from IBM/Lenovo, Dell etc. With Windows 8, they finally make sense. Even though the hinges were criticized a lot, they nearly never broke. If you are still not comfortable with this, there is a lenovo version("yoga") coming which...
  20. olstyle

    Dell to Continue to Offer Windows 7 After Windows 8 Launch

    I am running windows 8 with vista graphics drivers (since ati sacked my laptops card back then) right now. It's the same with drivers for special keys etc.
  21. olstyle

    Dell to Continue to Offer Windows 7 After Windows 8 Launch

    No surprise since nearly all Vista drivers still work for win8.
  22. olstyle

    ModBook Pro Orders Begin

    So why would I want this over an Lenovo Yoga(which most likely will be out until the first ModBook is shipped)?
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    Thinking of moving an old laptop from XP to Linux

    I am using Linux Mint(Debian Edition) on my Thinkpad T40 right now(MATE desktop environment). Works like a charm and the Mint-Menu is very similar to the windows experience.
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    Valve Announces Steam and Left4Dead 2 for Ubuntu

    Liking the Linux approach very much, not so happy about them using Ubuntu. Ubuntu is fading quickly, being replaced by Mint which is on its way to make the jump to a "clean" debian base instead of being an Ubuntu fork.
  25. olstyle

    GIGABYTE Launches World's First Fully Certified Dual Port Thunderbolt Motherboards

    No, but you can just use multiple ports. You always need the same number of cables and drives, just the connection scheme differs. As long as one doesn't plan on removing the source I don't see the benefit in daisy chaining. It's more work to remove one part in the chain(3xunplugging + 1x...