PC hardware from a few years ago? Relics of another era. How about a decade old? You might as well be talking about fossilised remains. Yet, people still happily run gear such as Intel's venerable Q6600, one of the company's more overclockable quad-core chips, under the belief that it's "good enough". The benchmarks, however, tell a very different story.
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Can't find a high-performance video card for your super-obsolete Amiga 2000? No problem, just make your own. This is what magician / engineer Lukas Hartmann did originally for himself, but he's now decided to go the mass-production route so all Amiga-owning aficionados can get in on the GPU action.
Ever since Apple dropped its latest MacBook Pro with a cool but mostly unnecessary Touch Bar, programmers have been jumping at the chance to make cool but mostly unnecessary apps to run on it. This new one does not break from that tradition but it does turn your MacBook Pro into Kitt from Knight Rider.
"Quantum Dot". I know it sounds like a TV show where a guy jumps backwards through time, taking over the bodies of other people and helping them with the grammar and punctuation, but it's a real technology. Honest. In fact, Samsung was one of the first off the mark to integrate quantum dots into its displays, which now includes computer monitors with the announcement of the curved, 24-inch CFG70.
In 2012 the Macbook Pro Retina wasn't so much the next stage of laptops as it was a fun oddity by Apple. It was a workstation, designed to handle gruelling video and photo editing tasks with aplomb, but it was missing some workstation musts, like a DVD drive or Ethernet port. Instead it was thinner and lighter than a traditional Macbook Pro, had a gorgeous 1800p display and was outfitted with a solid state drive.
It's always easier to replace a video card than it is a CPU and motherboard, so it's not surprising to find people with a GTX 1060 or RX 480 surrounded by comparatively ancient components. These setups are sacrificing some performance by bottle-necking their GPU, sure, but exactly how much is going to waste?
The weekend is a great time to tackle that project you've been putting off for a while. Say, building a shelf, painting the bedroom or constructing your own CPU. Allotting time for these... wait, did I just write CPU? Yes, yes I did. And a fellow by the name of James Newman has shown it's very possible... though it might take longer than a single Sunday.
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PC case manufacturer Lian-Li has a reputation for crafting wacky containers for your computer bits. Its latest offering however manages to blend wacky with practicality, being both a desk and a case.
You probably take the DisplayPort on your laptop for granted, but the folks that develop the standard have been working hard to make it perform way better — and the next version will allow you to drive an 8K display with HDR video, if you ever happen to own one.
Each major version of the Raspberry Pi has managed to double the core count, with the Pi 3 sporting the quad-core BCM2837. More transistors, more speed and unsurprisingly, more heat. In fact, according to online reports, the chip in the latest Pi can hit 100°C when maxed out. But is that workload realistic?
It's been a long time since we've had to worry about CPU / OS incompatibilities. In fact, the last time it was an issue was the shift from x86 to x64, but that was largely transparent to consumers thanks to AMD and its x86-64 specification, which was later adopted by Intel. Now, with Windows 7 having just entered its extended support phase, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to drop the news that only Windows 10 will be supported on upcoming CPUs.
These days we do a better job of storing data so it'll be readable 10, 20 and even 50 years down the line. Back in the 90's however, we weren't so diligent. As such, the task of recovering the 25-year old "lost" disks of Gene Roddenberry proved difficult, requiring months of painstaking work to not only retrieve the data, but translate it.