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AMD's Carrizo: Huge Performance Boosts For Everyday Laptops

We don’t all buy ridiculously powerful notebooks. Gaming PCs, sure, but not notebooks. Normal laptops — y’know, the ones you can buy in Harvey Norman and your local computer store, the ones that cost a thousand dollars and not five thousand — are far more common, but we don’t give them as much love as we should.

AMD has just taken the covers off its latest high-performance notebook APU, called Carrizo, and the under-the-hood improvements are genuinely amazing. Say hello to double the battery life of last year’s laptops, as well as almost double the computing power.


AMD's New Desktop APU Is A 12-Core Monster

AMD has a new top-end APU — that’s accelerated processing unit, if you didn’t know, combining a high performance CPU with a high performance integrated graphics chipset — in the A10-7870K. Built to go inside your next mainstream desktop PC purchase, it’s just as small as any other CPU, but has some serious graphics grunt under the hood — more than enough to beat a mainstream Intel chip and standalone graphics card.


The Original Raspberry Pi Board Just Got A Price Cut

Briefly: The Model B+, which spent a while as the flagship board before the Pi 2 came into being, is now just $US25. The Raspberry Pi foundation claims this is due to manufacturing efficiencies found in the manufacture of the Pi 2 board; I’m sure it has nothing to do with the new $US9 CHIP microcomputer on Kickstarter.


D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router: Australian Review

I never thought that I’d see a Wi-Fi router that was both bigger and more ostentatious than the Netgear Nighthawk X6, but that day has come. The D-Link AC3200 (DIR-890L) is a giant glossy red triangular prism with six huge antennas sticking out of it, and promises tri-band Wi-Fi performance of up to 3200Mbps. This is one massive router, but it does what it says on the tin very well.


Some SSDs Can Lose Data After Just A Few Days In Storage

Solid-state drives outclass hard drives as a storage medium in almost every way: they’re faster, less fragile, and can store more data per square inch. But according to some experts, SSDs suck at long-term storage of information, thanks to one particular problem: temperature.


Can A Card-Playing Artificial Intelligence Beat A Bunch Of Poker Pros?

Faster hardware and better software means artificial intelligence is only going to get more, er, intelligent. Games are one way to put electronics smarts through their paces and when researchers got bored of Chess they, naturally, moved onto Texas Hold’em. So, how well does a dedicated, poker-playing cyber-brain go against the professionals? Not well.


Intel Can't Sell Chips To China Because The US Fears Nukes

In the latest passive-aggressive exchange between the US and its rival superpower, the Department of Commerce has denied Intel a licence to export tens of thousands of Xeon Phi chips to China to upgrade the country’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer. Because, you know, nukes.


Seagate Seven Portable Hard Drive: Australian Review

If you buy a portable hard drive, you want it to be portable, right? And that means thinner and lighter is always better. To that end, the Seagate Seven is the world’s thinnest external hard drive — and yep, it’s barely 7mm thick.


A Customisable Computer Built Entirely From LEGO

Legos have been experiencing something of a renaissance lately. With adults now using their childhood building bricks in more creative ways than ever, it was only a matter of time before somebody decided to bring a portable, customisable, LEGO-based desktop computer into the world.


Need A Fat SSD? $240 Gets You A 500GB Samsung 850 EVO

The Australian dollar might be weaker than it was a year ago, but bargains can still be found on the likes of Amazon. If you’re in the market for an SSD, Samsung’s 500GB 850 EVO is currently on-sale for $US180. Even when you factor in the exchange rate and shipping, it’s a great deal compared to local offerings.


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